Anaheim Theft Crime Attorney
We Defend the Rights of the Accused in Orange County
If you have been accused of theft, the consequences can lie anywhere from
a stain on your public record to losing years of your freedom and your
life. No matter the degree of the theft, such a conviction can destroy
your reputation and limit your ability to find work, maintain relationships,
and seek financial aid. At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, we are committed
to fighting the accused in order to ensure that justice is administered
fairly, without violating your rights.
Our primary Anaheim criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Gibbs, has been practicing
law for more than 30 years. He has dedicated his focus and attention to
criminal defense, which has enabled him to foster an extensive familiarity
within his practice area. Throughout representation of more than 2,500
cases in local courts, he has developed an insight into the judges and
prosecutors he often faces, which can be a distinct advantage to your defense.
How the Law Defines Theft
According to § 484 of the California Penal Code, the law states that
anyone who steals, takes, carries, leads, or drives away the personal
property of another is guilty of theft. This can be done through misrepresentation
or false pretense, or any other fraudulent means.
According to the penal code, theft can also include:
- Fraudulently appropriating property entrusted to you
- Defrauding a person of money, labor, real property, or personal property
- Fraudulently obtaining credit and thereby gaining access to a person's
money or property
The severity of theft charges is determined in part by the total value
of the property stolen. In determining the value for theft of property
as opposed to cash, the penal code states that "the reasonable and
fair market value" is the test. Penalties for theft can include a
maximum fine of $1,000, restitution of the stolen items/money, and a maximum
six months in county jail.
Defending Your Theft Crime Charges
If you've been charged with theft, there are defense strategies available.
For burglary, it must be proven that, at the moment you entered the structure,
you were intending to commit a crime. Otherwise, your charges could be
reduced to shoplifting or be dismissed. There are many affirmative defenses,
many of which involve disproving that there was intent. Our team can thoroughly
analyze the circumstances surrounding your charge to build the best possible
defense for you.
We can help you fight the following theft charges:
Additionally, embezzlement is a form of theft that is considered a
white collar crime, as it is committed by those placed in a position of trust. To be convicted
of embezzlement, it must be proven that you were using the stolen funds
for your own gain; otherwise, your charges have no grounds. To learn more
about how we can defend you, speak with an experienced criminal attorney
in Orange County.
Get in Touch with The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs
For personal, one-on-one service and competent defense, call an Anaheim
criminal lawyer from The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs. We have nearly
three decades of
criminal defense experience that we will put to work for you. We focus on no other area
of law, so you can rest assured that we are passionate about defending you.
Contact our firm today for a
free case evaluation to learn more.