If you or someone you has been arrested for theft in Southern California, the effects could be far-reaching and permanently affect your reputation. False accusations are known to happen and you can be arrested for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you are caught in a situation like this, you need the skilled assistance of a San Diego criminal defense attorney to help with your situation. In his career handling over 6,500 cases, Mr. Ghassemkhani brings 13 years of experience to create strong cases the fight for your rights.
If you are charged with theft in California, penalties can be extremely harsh. You can be incarcerated for up to three years if the prosecutor rules the case as a felony. Theft is another “wobbler” however, where the prosecutor, based on the evidence, has the power to rule the crime as either a misdemeanor or a felony.
If ruled as a misdemeanor, the maximum penalty is a year in the county jail. However, grand theft charges can easily be leveled and result in a harsher sentence. According to California law, theft over $950 is considered grand theft, which can be brought on by a single shoplifting incident where an expensive piece of jewelry or technology is stolen.
These cases are difficult and nuanced. Even an unjust accusation requires the assistance of a dedicated San Diego theft crime attorney.
Contact Ghassemkhani Law today at (619) 452-3773 to discuss your situation with a qualified San Diego theft crime defense attorney.