Theft Crimes

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.

Whether you are charged with shoplifting or armed robbery, contact an Orange County criminal defense lawyer from our firm today for a consultation and to learn more about how we can help.