Charged With Shoplifting in Santa Clarita? Put the Experience of Branholtz & Kugler on Your Side

Shoplifting Defense Attorney in Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita Theft Crime Lawyer

The crime of shoplifting is also referred to as petty theft here in California. Theft is defined as unlawfully taking the property of another. Shoplifting is a specific type of theft that is known as larceny. In order to commit larceny, you must be caught taking or possessing the property of another without their permission.

If walk off carrying merchandise from a store that you took without paying for it, then you could be charged with shoplifting. The amount of time that you have the stolen items in your possession doesn't make a difference. Even if you have the stolen property in your possession for just a brief moment, you could be arrested and accused of petty theft. If you or someone you know has been arrested for shoplifting, then get a Santa Clarita criminal defense lawyer involved in your case as soon as possible.

California Penalties for Shoplifting & Petty Theft

According to the California Penal Code Section 484 & 488 PC, a petty theft crime involved stole property that is valued at $950 or less. Petty theft does not involve carjacking or stealing firearms and weapons. In order for it to be considered petty theft, it cannot be taken directly off the person/owner- otherwise that crime would be referred to as mugging.

The penalties for petty theft by larceny (or shoplifting) include:

  • A maximum sentence of six months in jail
  • A maximum fine of $1,000

Petty theft, including shoplifting, is considered to be a misdemeanor crime in California, but if you are convicted it could land you in jail and count against you on your criminal record. Some examples of shoplifting would include stealing some DVDs or borrowing someone's lawnmower or iPhone with no intention of returning it. If you have been charged of a repeat offense, the prosecution will be less likely to show mercy and the penalties could be stiffened. Be sure to retain a hard-hitting criminal defense attorney to protect your rights both inside and outside the courtroom.

Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Santa Clarita

Here at Barnholtz & Kugler, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of the criminally accused. With 40 years of collective experience, we have assisted countless clients in fighting a wide range of criminal offenses.

It is important that get a criminal defense lawyer involved in your case early on because a strong defense does not begin in the courtroom. We know how to properly investigate, prepare and present cases in court and we can work to attain a reduction or full dismissal of your criminal charges.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for shoplifting or any other form of petty theft, contact our firm without delay. Call to schedule your free case evaluation today to learn how I can help you!