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Los Angeles Theft Crime Attorney

Criminal Lawyer Defending All Types of Theft Offenses

A theft crime is the act of taking another person's property or money without their permission. A theft offense can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony crime, depending on the type of items stolen, value of the property, and the criminal history of the defendant. A theft offense that involves the Internet crossing state lines can be charged as a federal crime in addition to a state crime.

Petty Theft / Shoplifting

In California, petty theft is one of the most common theft crimes, normally associated with shoplifting. This is charged when the value of the property taken is under $400. Usually, a petty theft first offense is punishable by only a small fine and informal probation. A first offense can even be reduced to an infraction, which would eliminate any criminal record. Any subsequent offense can be charged as a felony theft crime, commonly known as petty theft with a prior, which is punishable with one year in the county jail or state prison time.

Grand Theft

Grand theft is charged when property is taken without the owner's permission and the value of is over $400. It is normally charges as a felony offense, but could be charged as a misdemeanor crime. If you are convicted of a grand theft felony offense, you could receive state prison time, large fines, restitution, probation or parole, court-ordered counseling, and community service. Any type of theft crime conviction can be used to increase future sentences if you are convicted of another theft crime in the future.


Under California Penal Code Section 459, burglary is defined as the act of entering into a building with the specific intent of stealing property. Normally, burglary is charged as a felony offense and is considered a "strike" under California's Three Strikes law.

If you are being charged with any type of theft related crime in Los Angeles County, you should contact one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys. These types of offenses can carry severe penalties ranging from fines and restitution to jail or prison time, depending on the seriousness of the infraction. A key factor in defending clients in a theft crime case is to make all attempts to avoid a conviction that can be used against them later by a potential employer. The attorneys at Cron, Israels & Stark defend people throughout LA, Orange County, San Fernando Valley, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Ventura County against all types of theft crime charges.

Common Theft Offenses

Our criminal defense lawyers will fight aggressively to protect your rights. Our firm will thoroughly investigate the allegations and evidence brought against you to find weaknesses in the case. Any rights violations can be challenged as part of a strategic defense. This can allow us to take immediate action in an attempt to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed.

We help clients facing all types of theft charges, including:

Charged with theft offense in Los Angeles?

If you or a member of your family are under investigation or have already been arrested for any type of theft offense, you will need to immediately consult with a criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with defending these type cases. We know how to aggressively pursue every opportunity to seek a lesser charge or a dismissal. Early intervention by our law firm can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. Our legal team will thoroughly examine all the evidence against you in order to build a strong defense.

A conviction on a theft charge can result in long term consequences in your life. The resulting criminal record can follow you for years, making it difficult for you to get a job, hold certain professional licenses, and apply for credit among other things. Contact our office today to discuss your case with one of our defense attorneys. At Cron, Israels & Stark, we are committed to helping you reach the most favorable outcome in your case. We have successfully handled countless theft crime cases for our clients because of our dedication and commitment to each case we handle. We offer an immediate consultation with a lawyer to discuss the details of your situation.

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1541 Ocean Ave., #200 Santa Monica, CA 90401. Phone: (310) 451-9888 View Map