Theft Crimes


Understanding Theft Offenses in California

No matter how bad the charges may seem, there are always new angles to explore and details that can be investigated that could influence the outcome of your case. Law enforcement and prosecutors often add additional charges to people charged with theft, such as trespassing, breaking and entering, assault, or even resisting arrest. There may be grounds to have these additional charges dropped, allowing you and your Ventura theft crime attorney to focus solely on the primary theft offense you have been accused of.

There are many different types of theft charges, such as:

  • Petty theft – Misdemeanor charges for first-time offenses, petty theft is defined as stealing property valued less than or equal to $950.
  • Grand theft – Charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, this charge is applied when the stolen property is valued over $950.
  • Grand Theft Auto – Stealing a vehicle that is valued over $950. A petty theft charge will be applied if the vehicle is of lower value than $950.
  • Burglary – Illegally entering a locked or closed off building with the intent to steal or commit a felony is charged as burglary.
  • Shoplifting – Committing petty theft in a commercial building
  • Embezzlement – Stealing or misappropriating money from a business or organization that has trusted funds or property to you.
  • Robbery – Using violence or the threat of violence to commit theft.

Theft is one of the oldest forms of crime there is, and over the years this offense and expanded in so many ways that there are a variety of theft-related criminal charges. At Bentley Law, we represent defendants charged with both misdemeanor and felony theft offenses. If you have been charged with any form of theft or larceny in California, contact our knowledgeable theft crimes attorney in Ventura for help building your defense.

We offer free initial consultations by phone or in person. Contact us online or call (805) 210-8555 to arrange an appointment.

California Shoplifting Laws and Penalties

Under California Penal Code § 495.5, a person commits shoplifting when they enter an open business in order to steal merchandise valued at $950 or less. Shoplifting is generally charged as a misdemeanor and the penalties can include up to 6-months of jail time in addition to a maximum fine of $1,000.

You will want to have a knowledgeable attorney looking out for your best interests after an arrest. Contact Bentley Law in Ventura to schedule a free initial consultation with a trusted theft crimes attorney. Scott Bentley is a passionate criminal defense lawyer who works closely with clients to fight for the best possible outcome.

Defending Against Theft Charges

Being charged with a theft crime can have serious consequences, including fines, probation, and even jail time. It's important to have an experienced theft crimes lawyer on your side to defend your rights and provide the best possible outcome for your case. At Bentley Law, we have a proven track record of successfully defending clients facing theft charges in Ventura and throughout California.

Our Ventura theft crimes services include:

  • Thorough investigation of the allegations against you
  • Building a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific case
  • Negotiating with prosecutors for reduced charges or alternative sentencing
  • Aggressive representation in court, if necessary
  • Guidance and support throughout the legal process
  • Protecting your rights and advocating for your best interests

Don't face theft charges alone. Contact Bentley Law today to schedule a consultation with our experienced theft crimes lawyer and get the quality legal representation your case needs.

Facing theft charges in Ventura? Call (805) 210-8555 to schedule your consultation at Bentley Law today.

California Theft Crimes FAQ

What are the potential consequences of a theft conviction in CA?

Depending on the severity of the offense, consequences can include fines, probation, community service, and incarceration. It's crucial to seek legal counsel to understand the specific implications of your case.

How can a theft crimes attorney in Ventura help with my case?

A knowledgeable attorney can assess the details of your case, build a strong defense, negotiate with prosecutors, and represent you in court. They can also provide guidance and support throughout the legal process.

Is it possible to have theft charges reduced or dismissed?

In some cases, an experienced attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecution to have charges reduced or dismissed. Each case is unique, so it's essential to consult with a legal professional.

What should I do if I've been accused of shoplifting in California?

If you've been accused of shoplifting, it's important to remain calm and avoid making any statements to law enforcement without legal representation. Contacting a theft crimes attorney as soon as possible is advisable.


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