Petty theft doesn't sound like a serious crime but it can have real consequences.
Petty theft is the unlawful taking of another's property without their consent and with the intent to steal the property. Petty theft involves property of a value of $950 or less. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony based on the surrounding circumstances and the suspect's prior history.
The consequences of petty theft can be exposure to jail time, fines and other collateral consequences including preclusion from employment.What are the Defenses to Petty Theft?
Fortunately, there are defenses to the crime of petty theft. One defense is accident. Sometimes people simply forget to pay for an item and leave the store.
Another defense is consent. In some cases, an individual might have consent or believe they had consent to have that property.
Finally, another defense is claim of right. That means that someone actually have the right to that property and did not unlawfully take it at all.We can Help
At the office of Lauren K. Johnson, we have successfully defended many individuals charged with petty theft at Orange and the surrounding counties. In many cases, we're able to get diversion, divert entry of judgment or complete dismissals.
If you, or someone you know have, have been charged with petty theft, contact the Law Office of Lauren K. Johnson immediately.