Oakland Theft Attorney

Theft is any unlawful taking of another person’s property.  Let’s say a valet outside of an expensive restaurant takes that Mercedes out for a spin—this single act of “fun” could result in jail time.  If you or your loved one has been charged with a theft crime, contact the Oakland criminal lawyer to talk about the next steps of your theft case.

Other than Grand Theft Auto, a theft crime could be:

Larceny is the intentional taking and carrying away of another person’s property. An example of larceny would be home invasion.  This act of larceny could be bumped up to robbery if there was violence or a threat of violence involved.  Armed robbery is a greater offense than robbery due to the presence of a weapon.

The sentencing for a theft crime depends on the value of what was stolen and an offender’s criminal history.  A first time shoplifter faces up to one year in jail, restitution, and a fine, but generally speaking will not go to jail.  Instead, a first time shoplifter will usually receive a period of probation and a fine.

Grand theft is the charge for any theft of goods worth over $400.  This type of crime can be charged as a felony, and if convicted as such merits at least 16 months in state prison.

Theft convictions spring serious consequences beyond that of jail time.  Think about it—who wants to hire a thief?  The Oakland criminal attorney knows just what is at stake in a theft criminal case, and will work aggressively to decrease the severity of the charges or get them dropped all together.  Contact our firm today.