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Knowingly taking someone else’s property or defrauding them of their financial assets is a violation of California theft laws. These types of theft can be committed in various ways but, in each case, you may be facing severe penalties that can include jail or prison time, heavy fines, potential restitution to victims, and long probation periods. A conviction can also lead to a permanent criminal record that can have seriously negative consequences on your job or career, your future opportunities for employment, housing, financial aid, and more. If you have been convicted of stealing, employers may especially pass you over on job applications for fear that their business will not be safe from theft.

If you are being investigated or have been charged with any kind of theft crime in or around Ventura, the best way to fight back and defeat or minimize the consequences is through an aggressive defense. At the Law Office of Ruben M. Ruiz, you can work with a Ventura theft crimes lawyer bringing over two decades of criminal defense practice to your case. Attorney Ruiz can exhaustively investigate the facts and circumstances of your situation to create the defense strategy that will work best for you.

If you are facing any type of theft charge, contact the Law Office of Ruben M. Ruiz at (805) 303-5855 to book a free case evaluation.

Types of Theft Crime Charges in California

Theft can be committed in many ways in California each of which is defined under specific laws carrying their own set of penalties if you are convicted.

Theft crimes can include:

  • Petty theft - which involves stealing property that is valued at $950 or less
  • Grand theft - which involves stealing property that is valued above $950
  • Theft of firearms - which is charged as grand theft no matter what the value may be
  • Auto theft - which involves stealing someone’s vehicle without their consent
  • Burglary - charged as first-degree or second-degree; burglary of a home is charged as a felony while second-degree burglary of other structures such as businesses may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony
  • Robbery - which involves taking property from someone through force or coercion; this is distinguished from theft due to the proximity of the victim and can also be charged as second- or first-degree
  • Shoplifting - which involves stealing merchandise from a retail or wholesale store
  • Embezzlement - that generally involves appropriating funds through accounting fraud as an employee or someone with financial authority
  • Identity theft - which involves stealing another’s identification details in order to commit some type of fraud
  • Other white-collar types of theft - such as forgery, credit card fraud, or other types of fraud that involve the taking of assets, property, or funds from others without their consent

What are the Penalties for Theft Crimes?

How you are charged and the penalties you will face will depend on many variants, such as the nature of the theft crime, the amount of financial harm to victims that it entailed, whether force or intimidation was used, whether a weapon was used, whether anyone was physically harmed, and other relevant facts. You could be facing either a misdemeanor, punishable fines and/or less than a year in jail, or a felony carrying more than a year in prison along with fines.

A Ventura Theft Crimes Lawyer On Your Side

Attorney Ruiz understands the impact that a theft crime conviction can have on your freedom, job security, finances, reputation, and future. You are innocent until proven guilty. Ruben Ruiz will actively investigate your case and do everything possible to help you avoid or minimize negative consequences.

Phone the office at (805) 303-5855 or contact me online to get started today.

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    Ruben M. Ruiz

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    Ruben M. Ruiz is a highly seasoned attorney with 25 years of legal experience. Mr. Ruiz earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Akron, School of Law. Prior to becoming a licensed attorney, Mr. Ruiz, worked in the public school system. Prior to establishing his own firm, attorney Ruben Ruiz worked for a variety of firms, representing clients in various areas of law and courtroom ...

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