Fullerton Theft Crime Lawyers
A theft conviction in California, or any state, can be disastrous to future goals of attaining future employment, state licensing and other benefits. Many theft convictions can be expunged, but they will still show up on background checks. Employers generally steer clear of individuals and applicants with theft records, with the rational fear of dishonesty and the potential to steal from the company. A skilled Orange County criminal defense attorney from Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke can defend you if you are charged with theft.
A theft offense is considered a “crime of moral turpitude,” meaning that the state license boards cite theft convictions as primary reason to deny licenses and certifications including contracting licenses, nursing licenses or real estate licenses. Theft convictions also pose consequences for immigrants seeking a via, green card of attempting naturalization in the United States.
There are several types of theft identified by California law, including:
- Petty Theft: the taking of property valued up to $950. Petty theft is often charged as a misdemeanor, but can be charged as a felony if the individual is a repeat offender.
- Grand Theft: the taking of property valued at more than $950. This offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
- Grand Theft of a Firearm: any theft of a firearm constitutes grand theft, regardless of the gun’s value. This type of theft is always a felony.
- Grand Theft Auto: any automobile is considered as grand theft, regardless of the actual value of the vehicle.
- Auto Burglary: breaking into a locked vehicle with the intent to steal.
- Embezzlement: the wrongful taking or misappropriation of property entrusted to an individual by the owner.
- Receiving Stolen Property: the purchase or receipt with reasonable knowledge that the property is stolen.
- Robbery: the use of violence, force or threats of force to take property from an individual’s immediate possession. Coutns as a Strike under California Three Strike Law.
- Carjacking: the use of force or fear to take a vehicle from someone’s immediate possession.
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