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Theft Crime Attorney in Oceanside

Defining Theft Crimes

California Penal Code § 484 defines theft (or "larceny") as taking, stealing, carrying, leading, appropriating, driving away, or otherwise depriving another person of their money or property by use of deception, fraud, or force. The most basic form of theft in California is known as petty theft, which is theft of property valuing up to $950.

Petty theft is charged as a misdemeanor. Theft of property valuing $950 or more is considered grand theft under Ca. Pen. Code § 487 and is punishable as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Embezzlement is also a form of theft since it deprives another person of their rightful property.

Robbery & Burglary Charges

Two other forms of theft are robbery and burglary, both of which are serious felonies. Robbery occurs when an individual takes property directly from an individual's person or their immediate control using force or threats of force. Burglary is the act of entering a building with the intention of committing a felony inside, usually theft. Each of these crimes can be committed in "degrees" depending on the circumstances. In any case, robbery and burglary are both felonies punishable by thousands of dollars in fines and time in jail or state prison.

Retain an Oceanside Defense Lawyer

The Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette can provide the aggressive representation that you need in order to fight your theft crime charges. For 34 years since 1983, I have built a strong reputation for success in criminal defense. Read though my testimonials to see for yourself. My firm is more than capable of providing the counsel and defense that you need when facing charges of larceny, robbery, burglary, or embezzlement.

Contact my firm as soon as possible to learn exactly how I can defend you!