Santa Ana Lawyer for Theft
In the City of Santa Ana, the police charge citizens with the crime of theft every day. However, with a reputable Orange County criminal defense attorney like Lauren K. Johnson, you may be able to get the theft charges against you reduced, or even dismissed completely. This is because the law of theft in the California is complicated and confusing, and it is often difficult for the prosecution to prove the required elements of a specific case. If the prosecution fails to prove that the accused met those elements, then an experienced Santa Ana theft defense attorney like Lauren K. Johnson can request a verdict of not guilty.
There are a variety of different kinds of theft charges. For example, you could be charged with grand theft embezzlement. An example of a situation where someone would rightfully be charged with grand theft embezzlement could include a bank employee who is in charge of managing the funds at the company he works for wrongfully taking some a portion of the funds out and depositing the money inside of his own account to use it for personal gain. The bank employee would be charged with grand theft embezzlement because he was entrusted with the responsibility to monitor the bank’s money and not to personally use it, but he, instead, put it in his own account for personal gain. Another type of theft that you could be charged with is grand theft through false pretenses. An example of a situation where someone would rightfully be charged with grand theft through false pretenses could include a situation where someone decides to scam someone else into giving her thousands of dollars by telling them that he can offer up services that he knows he cannot. Because she was fully aware of that fact that she would not be able to follow through with what she was offering, and yet charged the victim anyways, the woman would be charged with grand theft through false pretenses.
Depending upon what type of theft is alleged to have occurred, the prosecution may have to answer the following questions:
- Did the defendant actually take possession of property owned by someone else?
- Did the defendant take the property of another without the owner’s consent?
- When the defendant took the property, did he or she intend to deprive the owner of it permanently, or to remove it for an extended period of time?
There are many defenses to theft and larceny charges that are often available to a knowledgeable Orange County theft defense attorney like Lauren K. Johnson; such as the claim of ownership, or right of possession. There could also be a mistake of fact or about the law itself. In some cases, the defense could be that the owner gave consent, or that there was entrapment, intoxication, or the lack of intent to steal.
Call the Johnson Criminal Law Group at (949) 622-5522 today to defend your rights. She has successfully earned a reputation in the Santa Ana community as an outstanding advocate for her clients and has the knowledge and experience that get results.