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What is Robbery in California?

Though robbery is similar to theft (it involves the wrongful taking of someone else’s property), there are a number of specific elements that differentiate it and make it a far more serious offense. Here are some of the key differences between theft and robbery. Theft Defined The traditional definition of theft, also called larceny, includes […]

The Different Types of Theft Crimes in California

Under California law, there are a number of theft-type crimes with which you can be charged, most of which are considered “crimes of moral turpitude.” Conviction of one of these offenses could jeopardize your ability to work in your chosen field, and may disqualify you for certain types of licenses. You can also run into […]

The Difference between Larceny and Robbery

If you’ve been arrested for or are under investigation for the theft of property, you may have heard the terms “larceny” and “robbery” bandied about, perhaps even used interchangeably. Under the law, though, they are not the same thing, though there are elements that are similar to both offenses. What is Larceny? Larceny is a […]

What Constitutes a Burglary?

What Constitutes a Burglary in California? In California, as in other states, a “theft crime” is relatively generic and can mean any of a number of offenses, some misdemeanors and some felonies. There’s a broad spectrum of crimes that qualify as theft offenses, from shoplifting to grand theft, from petty theft to embezzlement. In this […]

Shoplifting: Crime or Illness?

Shoplifting could be the result of a psychology illness, though many shoplifters do it for purely economic reasons. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, the leading psychological factor found in approximately a third of shoplifters studied is “depression.” The most intense, psychologically driven form of shoplifting is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical […]

What is the California Statute of Limitations for Theft?

Did you expect a simple answer to this simple question? Under California law, the statute of limitations might be one year, three years, or four years for a theft crime, depending on the circumstances. The clock might start running at the time of the crime, or months, even years later. Three years of limitation might stretch over the course of a much longer period of time, and possibly never expire.

Theft by Deception

Finders, keepers? Not in California, where Penal Code Section 484-502.9 specifically states that keeping lost property if you have knowledge of its true owner is a crime.

Avoid California Felony Theft Penalties for Shoplifting

A person charged with shoplifting or another type of petty theft may not realize how important it is to stage an aggressive defense in the earliest stages of proceedings. In pre-trial actions, defense counsel may be able to have charges reduced from felony theft to misdemeanor theft, a critical distinction. The penalties and other consequences for a felony theft conviction are far more severe than for a misdemeanor conviction.

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