OC Shoplifting Attorney
About Shoplifting in Orange County, CA
If you have been accused of stealing something from a store or business,
it is important to understand the serious nature of your predicament.
Even though it is relatively easy for someone to make this type of allegation
and you may have been mistakenly accused, you should take action to protect
your rights and your reputation. Regardless of the circumstances that
led to your arrest, you must keep in mind that shoplifting charges are
aggressively prosecuted in Orange County and can bring penalties such
as jail time and costly fines.
In order for a crime to be classified as a shoplifting charge, it must
involve the intentional theft of property or the concealment of property
that is known to be for sale at a business. Little actions such as removing
price tags on clothing or swapping labels on clothing to pay a lesser
price will also be charged as shoplifting. If you have been arrested,
you should enlist the help of an
Orange County theft lawyer who may be able to help you prove that there was no such intent.
Legal Elements in a Shoplifting Case
In most shoplifting cases, the major question that must be answered is
whether or not you actually intended to conceal or steal the property.
If the intent is evident, you may be accused of shoplifting whether or
not you have actually walked out of the store. In order to catch potential
shoplifters, many stores and businesses will install surveillance cameras
and will hire undercover officers who can catch individuals before they
leave the store.
Regardless of the circumstances that led up to your arrest, our Orange
County criminal lawyer at the
Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman can provide you with the tough legal protection you need and deserve.
Our legal team understands that even a misdemeanor shoplifting charge
can affect your future and should not be taken lightly. We are confident
that we have the legal tools and resources to help you after an arrest
for this theft crime, and we will not give up on your case.
Penalties for Shoplifting in Orange County, CA
Shoplifting, also known as larceny, happens when someone takes possession
of property owned by someone else, without the owner's permission,
to deprive the owner of it permanently, and also moves that property and
keeps it for a period of time. This crime is a misdemeanor that may result
in informal probation, up to six months in county jail, and/or a fine
of up to $1,000. First-time offenders may be able to obtain a charge reduction
or may qualify for a petty theft diversion program. There are certain
qualifications for these opportunities, and our firm can help you determine
if you qualify.
If this is your first California petty theft conviction and you have no
other theft crime or theft-related convictions, and if the value of the
money, property, or services that you stole was $50 or less, our lawyer
may be able to convince the prosecutor that your charges should be reduced
to a less-serious infraction. If we are able to reduce your case successfully,
you will only face a maximum $250 fine. If the items that you allegedly
stole exceeded $50 in value, you may qualify for participation in a petty
theft diversion program. It will be up to your attorney to make this deal
with the prosecution.
If you are successful in obtaining a diversion for your shoplifting charges,
you may be required to repay the value of the merchandise that you allegedly
stole, as well as complete a certain number of community service hours.
There is also a possibility that you will have to attend anti-theft classes.
If you have been accused of petty theft and you have a prior offense under
Penal Code 666 PC, you will be eligible for increased penalties if you
are convicted. The types of prior convictions that may lead to these increased
penalties are petty theft, grand theft, burglary, grand theft auto, robbery,
carjacking, and felony receiving stolen property. Thankfully, it is not
enough to simply have one of these theft crimes on your record. You must
also have three or more convictions from those crimes on the list above,
or you have one of those convictions along with a prior sex crime or a
previous conviction for a serious felony.
Call The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman!
These laws can be incredibly complex and confusing for those who are not
familiar with California's criminal justice system, but that is where
our firm comes in. Orange County criminal attorney, Jacqueline Goodman,
has extensive experience handling these charges on the behalf of all types
of defendants, and she is prepared to fight for you today.