Fullerton Lawyer for Theft Defense
The City of Fullerton is a college town, and the police receive a lot of calls regarding the theft of anything from bicycles to motor vehicles. Theft refers to the intentional taking of property, no matter how large or small. In California, there are many types of theft crimes, such as petty theft, grand theft, burglary, embezzlement, receiving stolen property, robbery and carjacking. If you’ve been charged with any kind of theft, you need to call Orange County criminal defense attorney Lauren K. Johnson at (949) 622-5522 right away.
The California Penal Code Sections regarding theft are very complex; however, petty theft generally includes crimes that involve stealing anything of value worth less than $950. Any amount over $950.00 is a felony called grand theft. Although petty theft is generally a misdemeanor, a person can still be charged with a felony if they already have prior offenses. This is why you will need an experienced Fullerton theft defense attorney like Lauren K. Johnson, even against what appears to be a simple charge like shoplifting.
Petty theft can occur by stealing money outright or by committing larceny—which involves taking property belonging to someone else. It can also be committed through false pretenses or by misrepresenting yourself in order to gain possession of someone else's property or labor. Another way is by lying, or by trick, such as changing a price tag. It can also occur is through embezzlement, which is when you take money or property that was entrusted to you by someone else. Orange County theft defense lawyer Lauren K. Johnson will guide you through this complicated explanation of the law, and will provide you with the best possible defense.
An example of an occurrence of theft would be posing as another person by accessing their personal information and then using that to later commit fraud without the owner’s permission, otherwise known as identity theft. They might falsely file tax returns or use your identity in order to get free medical services. Fraudulent credit card accounts may also be opened without your permission. They night access the personal information through hacking techniques, malware activity, stealing mail, or data breaches.
Another example of theft is theft of services. This occurs when someone acquires services from someone else with the intention of not repaying them or offering compensation. This happens in many cases, such as instances where someone does not pay for WiFi connection after using them, eating at an establishment, but then leaving without paying the bill, or not paying your car repair bills after they have been offered. Common defenses for theft of services include that you were entitled to the services or that you did not have the intentions of stealing. This may occur when they thought that the services were already being paid for by someone else or maybe even yourself, or they were misled into believing that it did no cost anything.
Call Lauren K. Johnson today at (949) 622-5522, and get the protection you need.