Orange County Theft Crimes Lawyer
Under Investigation for Theft in Orange County?
An arrest for stealing does not necessarily mean that you will lose your
freedom to jail or prison, or that you will suffer the serious long-term
consequences associated with a conviction. Regardless of whether you are
innocent or if you committed the crime, we can help.
Many clients come to our firm facing shoplifting charges. A hectic trip
to the store with an upset child or a harried schedule can sometimes result
in a forgotten item being placed in your shopping cart and a consequent
arrest for shoplifting or retail theft. Other times the economic pressures
of everyday life manifest themselves in a lapse of judgment or a desperate
act. Our job is to examine the facts of the case and develop an effective
criminal defense strategy to clear your name of the theft charges. At the
Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman,
we have represented clients charged with misdemeanor and felony theft offenses
for 20 years, and we know how to get the results you are looking for.
An Orange County theft defense attorney from our team is ready to meet
with you for a
confidential consultation and to begin work on your case today.
Arrested for Shoplifting or Petty Theft?
Shoplifting is a specific type of theft crime. Generally speaking, the
act of shoplifting involves taking a small piece of merchandise while
pretending to be a store customer. While
shoplifting is generally thought of as a petty crime, it can actually result in serious
criminal allegations. As a rule, the value of the alleged stolen merchandise
will determine the weight of the charges held against you.
For example: stealing a candy bar and stealing a watch are entirely different.
In California, the crime of "petty theft" is punishable by:
- $1,000 fine
- 6 months in a county jail
According to California Law, a crime is only considered petty theft if
the suspect took an item worth less than $50. This crime is typically
considered a misdemeanor. If you have been accused of petty theft or another
theft crime, contact the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman today.
Defending You from Theft Crime Charges in CA
In addition to petty theft crimes, we represent clients charged with felony
theft offenses such as
grand theft auto or
robbery. If you have been charged with anything from a petty theft with a prior,
to robbery or breaking and entering, we will work diligently to investigate
all aspects of the case. Our goal is to always win, whether this involves
an acquittal or dismissal of the case. We will review the police procedures
leading up to and during the arrest, as well as the evidence against you
and all possible defenses that may apply.
We can explore all mitigating circumstances and are often able to obtain
an alternative form of sentencing such as probation or house arrest, which
sometimes results in a temporary conviction.