Law Office of Lance Dacre

For a free confidential consultation with an experienced American canyon criminal defense lawyer, please call attorney Lance Dacre at (707) 534-1854.

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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