Theft Crimes

Modesto, CA Theft Crimes Lawyers

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Theft is a term that covers various crimes that involve the taking of others’ property or services without their consent with the intention to deprive them of it. Theft is generally divided into two categories based on the value of the items or services taken which are petty theft and grand theft. Petty theft is generally charged as a misdemeanor while grand theft may be charged as a felony. 

No matter what type of theft charges you face, it is in your best interests to retain the services of a competent and committed criminal defense lawyer. At Forkner Orlando & Echevarria, you can partner with a Modesto, CA theft crime attorney who is part of an experienced team with a proven track record of success. Led by a Criminal Law Specialist, our firm knows the law, how the California criminal justice system works, how to deal with prosecutors, and how to get results both in and out of court. We put an aggressive advocate on your side from the start who will fight for you at every stage of the criminal process. 

Accused of a theft crimes? Book a free initial consultation with a Modesto, CA theft crime attorney at our firm by contacting us via email or by phone at (209) 753-4009. Hablamos español.

Theft Crimes in California

Theft crimes can include offenses other than petty or grand theft. These crimes can also include:

  • Embezzlement
  • Writing bad checks
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Grand theft auto
  • Receiving/dealing in stolen property
  • Identity theft
  • Credit card/debit card theft or fraud

How you are charged in any of these types of theft will depend on the nature of the offense, whether a deadly weapon was used, the extent of the financial loss to the alleged victim, and whether you have prior convictions.

Petty Theft

Stealing anything valued up to $950 is considered to be petty theft. Charged as a misdemeanor, the penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, six months of jail time, probation, and possible restitution to the alleged victim(s). 

Grand Theft

Grand theft involves stealing property valued above $950 and may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. If you are charged with a misdemeanor for grand theft, you may be facing up to a year in county jail. If charged with felony grand theft, you may be at risk for 16 months, two years, or three years in prison.

 If the property stolen was of a very high value, you may face penalty enhancements which means additional and consecutive sentences. For example, if what was taken was worth more than $65,000, you may be sentenced to an additional year of prison time. These additional sentences can be increased even further based on the value of what was stolen. 

Talk to One of Our Experienced Attorneys About Your Case

The best action you can take when facing charges of any type of theft is to bring in an attorney you can trust to provide comprehensive and aggressive legal help. By doing so, you will increase your chances for a better or optimum outcome. One of our team can give you specific advice and guidance in a free initial consultation.