Orange County Shoplifting Attorney
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Fullerton
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 result in penalties such
as jail time and costly fines.
Don’t let a theft crime conviction ruin your future. Contact The
Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman today to request a free case review:
Legal Elements in a Shoplifting Case
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.
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 the following penalties:
- Informal probation,
- Up to six months in county jail, and/or
- A fine of up to $1,000.
Diversion Programs for First-Time Shoplifting Offenders
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.
Increased Penalties for Prior Convictions
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 defense 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.