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In the state of California, a rather broad definition of theft offenses is considered. If you have been charged with the crime of theft, you should not hesitate to get the proper legal advice that you need from Williams & Javellana, LLP. Not only may you be facing the possibility for a fine, it is also possible that you are facing incarceration. There are defenses which may be available which can help to reduce the charges or in some cases, even have them dismissed. By having Williams & Javellana, LLP assist you through this difficult time, you can be certain that your case is going to be defended aggressively.

Theft Offenses Lawyer Chico CA

Identity Theft Lawyer Can Strike Anyone

According to California law, there are many different crimes that can fall under the general umbrella of theft offenses. Those crimes may include embezzlement (penal code § 503), receiving stolen property (California Penal Code § 496), identity theft (Penal Code 530.5) and robbery (Penal Code 211). Even failing to return rented items or falsifying information before selling something to a pawnbroker may also be considered one of the theft offenses that exist. Since such a broad definition of theft offenses is in place, you should not take any chances with the charges. Contact Williams & Javellana, LLP to hire an identity theft lawyer.

In some cases, the type of theft offenses may be determined according to the circumstances that surrounded the crime. They can generally be broken down into 2 different offenses, petty theft (Penal Code 484) and grand theft (Penal Code 487). Petty theft occurs when property is stolen that has a value of 950 dollars or less. In most cases, petty theft is going to be charged as a misdemeanor, especially if it is a shoplifting offense (Penal Code 484/488/490.5) or if there is no prior criminal record for the individual that is charged. The possible punishment for petty theft includes fines of up to $1,000 dollars and six months in county jail. It is interesting to note, if the value of the property was $50 dollars or less, it may be reduced to an infraction if you have not been convicted of petty theft in the past.

Petty theft is an offense that is priorable. What that means is that if you get another petty theft the penalties will increase. The priors can make a petty theft a felony in the future.

Grand theft, on the other hand, is a much more serious charge. It is considered to be grand theft if the value of the property that was stolen is $950 dollars or greater. There are also certain types of physical items which, when stolen, would automatically be considered grand theft. Those items include livestock, firearms and vehicles. Grand theft can be either charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances.

There are defenses to theft offenses in the state of California that may work in your case. In some cases, it may be stated that the defendant thought that they had a legal right to the item that was in their possession. There may be other defenses available as well, depending upon your circumstances. Who to contact about identity theft? You can be certain that when you contact Williams & Javellana, LLP for information about your charges, your needs will be cared for properly. That not only includes information which will help you to understand the charges, it will include aggressive support, both in and out of a court of law.


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Gold standard for professionalism and ethics. Extremely knowledgeable and proficient in handling complex cases. Attorney Javellana took painstaking hours building a civil case, (co-ownership/property rights) and then he presented overwhelming evidence at trial. Mr. Javellana was on point for 3 days at trial where he tactfully asserted a powerful presence in the courtroom and systematically picked apart the defendents and he was quick to respond to the dirty trickery of the defense attorney with undisputable legal arguments. As a result of Mr. Javellana's detailed and powerful representation, the opposing side had no chance. Mr. Javellana was extremely organized and detail oriented throughout. Mr. Javellana won the case across multiple points and most impressively he obtained a permanent injunction against the opposing party. Additionally, Mr. Javellana, represented me with two other cases where his professionalism and his relentless tactical drive continued with successful results. I highly recommend Mr. Javellana. J.M
California June 20, 2015