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Theft refers to dishonestly taking another’s property, appropriating property fraudulently with the intention to keep it or obtaining property under false pretenses. There are numerous types of theft crimes, and the exact theft charge you receive depends on the circumstances surrounding your case. Since theft is a broad legal category, it includes larceny, embezzlement, extortion, identity theft, burglary, grand theft, embezzlement, fraud, carjacking, joy riding, shoplifting, motor vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.
The intention to steal must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in order to prove theft. In some instances, a person might be arrested for theft although there was no intention to commit a crime. If the police officer believes there is reasonable cause, you could be arrested regardless of your intention. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible can help you to understand your rights and allow your attorney to prepare an effective defense.
At the Law Offices of Scott Levy, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of people charged with felony theft. We have nearly three decades of combined experience providing criminal defense to people in Fresno, Clovis, and the Central San Joaquin Valley. In every case, it is our intention to beat these charges. We want to keep you out of jail and keep your record clean.
Fortunately, the law does recognize some excuses and defense to successfully beat a theft crime. For instance, you may have simply borrowed the item, or you forgot to pay for an item in a store, or you may have taken what you believed was abandoned property or you may have simply thought a similarly looking item was your own. Either way, these are legitimate reasons to successfully challenge a theft charge.
Depending on the type of theft crime that you have been alleged to have committed and the value of the items involved, you could be facing serious penalties if convicted including imprisonment, monetary fines, restitution and community service. You may also be in danger of having to face life with a criminal record, potentially limiting educational and employment opportunities. Having the guidance and skill of our legal professionals to assist you with your defense can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case, and your future.
If you have been charged with a theft crime, we understand that this is probably your first run-in with the law. We listen to your side of the story and help you get through this legal obstacle. If you have made a mistake and do not want that mistake to ruin your future, you want an experienced attorney. Contact the Law Office of Scott Levy to help you to understand your rights and allow you to prepare an effective defense.
If you are faced with a criminal charge in Fresno County, I encourage you to come and sit down face to face with me...Scott Levy...and I will access your case and begin the process of designing a solution to your criminal related problem. The Fresno criminal lawyers in my firm have credentials that are simply unmatched by other, less seasoned attorneys. Before you hire an attorney for such a serious situation...check them out thoroughly!
I will meet with you in absolute confidentiality in my office, and you can evaluate my abilities for yourself.
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