Huntington Beach Theft Attorney
With many tourists and attractions around, Huntington Beach is an attractive area for thieves. People not paying attention to their belongings on the beach or being careless creates opportunities, as does crowded beach shops. There were 3,621 theft incidents in Huntington Beach in 2010. If you have been accused of petty theft or shoplifting, please take a moment to contact the Huntington Beach theft attorney at the Johnson Criminal Law Group. It is absolutely critical to have the advocacy of a criminal defense attorney experienced in these cases.
Shoplifting is one of the most common charges faced by local teens and juveniles. Under California law, most shoplifting crimes are categorized as petty theft, so long as they involve property under $950. While it may not seem like a serious matter—it is a mistake not to get legal help in these situations. Penalties for petty theft can range anywhere from a $1,000 fine, three years probation, or even six months in the county jail. All of this can be made worse if one is a repeat offender.
If you or a loved one is charged with petty theft, it is important to know that steps can usually be taken to fight the charges. No matter what, the burden is on the prosecution to prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. If evidence related to the theft is sketchy or non-existent, then the charges cannot stick. A criminal defense attorney can explain any evidentiary problems based on the specifics of your case.
Our Huntington Beach theft attorney believes in the best possible advocacy and defense for all clients, whatever the circumstances, and she understands the possible defenses to the crime. Anyone accused of petty theft, including shoplifting, in Huntington Beach can contact the Johnson Criminal Law Group by phone at (949) 622-5522 or through an online message for a free initial consultation.