What is Theft?
A theft crime is committed when one person takes another person’s property without consent. Theft crimes may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies. The type of criminal charges will depend upon the value of the property that was stolen.
Shoplifting is a form of theft that involves intentionally taking merchandise from a store without permission and paying for items. The intent must involve permanently depriving the business of its merchandise.
What are the consequences of a Theft conviction?
Legal consequences for theft usually include criminal fines, and jail or prison sentences. The amount of the fine and the length of sentence may increase in severity according to the amount stolen. In some types of theft cases, restitution may also be required, which could include returning the stolen property or reimbursing the victim for losses as a result of the theft.
Courts may also consider the following factors in determining the sentence for theft or shoplifting:
- The type and value of the property stolen
- The defendant’s criminal background (repeat offenses are punished more severely than first-time offenses)
- Whether violence, force, or threat of violence/force were used during the crime
What are some defenses to accusations of Theft?
Possible defenses to accusations of theft include:
- Lack of specific intent to commit theft
Contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles
If you are accused of theft or shoplifting, you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the legal system process.