Theft Offenses

Theft is taking something that belongs to someone else. It could be taking a pair of sunglasses from a store, or pocketing some money in your job as a cashier. A theft conviction is a black mark on your record, and makes you appear untrustworthy to future employers, and could also result in jail time or state prison. Call Oriole Law Group to help you fight your theft charges.

Summary of California Theft Crimes

The type of crime you are charged with depends on the value of the item taken, as well as whether you have any previous convictions. Our attorneys can use the facts in your individual case to help lessen the charges and punishment, so you can get back to your life.

Here is a list of common theft crimes:

Shoplifting (Penal Code Section 459.5) – Taking merchandise from a store without paying. The severity of the charge will depend on the value of the items allegedly taken. If the items were less than $950, the charge will be petty theft, and is a misdemeanor.

Theft (Penal Code Sections 484, 488 and 487) – When you steal the property of another person or business, you will be charged with Petty Theft or Grand Theft. Petty Theft is for items valued at less than $950. Grand Theft is for items valued at more than $950.

Burglary (Penal Code Sections 458-464) – Entering a dwelling or structure with the intent to commit a felony inside. The felony could be related to theft, or it could be an unrelated felony, like assault or rape.

Robbery (Penal Code Sections 211-215) – Using force or threats of force to take another person’s property from them. There is first and second-degree robbery, what you are charged with depends on where the crime takes place.

White Collar Crimes:

There is another category of theft offenses, ones that do not include threats or violence. These crimes are only about taking money or property.

Embezzlement (Penal Code Sections 503-515) – Stealing money or property you were entrusted with, like a cashier at a store. This can be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the amount.

Fraud (Penal Code Section 532) – Stealing property by lying or making false promises, like check fraud or debit/credit card fraud.

Money Laundering (Penal Code Section 186.10) – Taking money you gained during criminal acts and processing it through some sort of transaction to hide it, or “clean” it.

Forgery (Penal Code Sections 470-483.5) – Using another person’s information to obtain something of value, like money, goods or services. This may include using someone else’s Social Security Number or bank account information.

Regardless of your situation, Oriole has experienced attorneys on hand to help you. Our practitioners have decades of criminal law experience and have successfully handled hundreds of theft cases. Contact Oriole Law Group today for a consultation and let us help you get your life back.