If you have been charged with a theft crime in Ventura, you may face a jail sentence, probation, exorbitant fines, restitution payments, and a criminal record, all of which can adversely affect your finances and future opportunities. It is absolutely imperative that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you can in order to give yourself a fighting chance. Criminal prosecution in Ventura and its surrounding areas is conducted harshly, and it is not uncommon for convictions to result in the toughest penalties.
At The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann, our experienced California defense attorneys have helped countless clients out of dire legal situations. We understand how stressful it can be to face criminal charges, especially if you are not familiar with the procedures of the criminal justice system. Contact us today and we will guide you through your case and keep you informed of every single development. We will also do our best to significantly reduce your charges if we can't get them dropped altogether. For a free consultation, call us at (888) 744-7730.
Below, you will find detailed information on how the most common theft crimes are treated in Ventura and elsewhere in California.
Also known as shoplifting, petty theft (California Penal Code § 484) occurs when the perpetrator steals an item with a value of $950 or less from a store or retailer. A first-time conviction of this crime can result in six months in county jail, a hefty fine, and up to three years on probation. Prior convictions may contribute to enhanced penalties. Although many other California courts allow first-time violators to take theft classes and have their charges dismissed through a diversion program, criminal courts in Ventura County do not offer the option.
According to California Penal Code § 487, grand theft involves theft of any property with a value of more than $950, of agriculture worth more than $250, of certain kinds of livestock, or of a firearm. It is a felony crime punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
California Penal Code § 459 defines burglary as entering a building with the intent of unlawfully taking another's property. Most forms of burglary can result in a prison sentence of up to three years; however, burglary of an inhabited residence can result in a prison sentence of up to six years.
California Penal Code § 211 states that robbery is the taking of another person's property from their possession or immediate presence against their will using force or threats and with the intention of keeping the item permanently or for an extended period of time such that the original value of the property is lost to the owner. It is considered a felony crime and a conviction can result in a state prison sentence, the length of which is determined by the circumstances of the crime (aggravating conditions such as bodily harm and gang affiliation may contribute towards enhanced penalties). Being a "violent felony," a robbery conviction is a strike under California's Three Strikes Law.
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Any theft charge, even a misdemeanor, can impact your life in significant ways. That is why you should not hesitate to get in touch with The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann. It is highly recommended that you speak to one of our excellent Ventura criminal attorneys before speaking with anyone else. Remember that anything you say or do can and will be used against you in the court of law.