Theft, Burglary, & Robbery Defense
Serving the Los Angeles County, Glendale & Santa Clarita
The term "theft crime" encompasses a wide range of criminal offenses,
including theft, robbery, and burglary. Many people assume that these
terms are interchangeable; in reality, California law differentiates between
each offense, and each crime carries different penalties upon conviction.
If you or someone you love was charged with a theft crime, Alan Kessler,
A Law Corporation can help. Our firm has served Southern California for
more than three decades. Get the aggressive
criminal defense that you need in any part of the San Fernando Valley or Santa Clarita
by retaining our team to handle your case. We offer a free, no-obligation
case consultation to each prospective client, so call today.
Defense Against Theft Charges
California Penal Code § 484 states that theft involves the unlawful
taking of someone else's property. In order to be charged with theft,
the individual must take property that is worth less than $950. A person
cannot commit theft by taking certain items, such as a motor vehicle or
firearm. Theft of motor vehicles and firearms are illegal under a separate
The two types of theft charged in California are:
- Petty theft (items valued at less than $400)
- Grand theft (items valued at more than $400)
Is robbery different from theft?
Robbery and theft are separate crimes. According to California Penal Code
§ 211, robbery occurs when a person takes someone else's property
from the victim's immediate possession. In other words, robbery involves
direct contact between the victim and suspect.
Burglary Defense in Burbank & Nearby Areas
In order to face a burglary conviction, the prosecution must demonstrate
the following facts: You entered a structure, room, or locked vehicle
and you intended to commit petty theft or a felony. There are several
types of burglary, including first-degree residential burglary and second-degree
commercial burglary. Our firm can defend you against any of these charges.
Were you arrested for a theft crime? Get a free evaluation of your case
from a theft crime defense lawyer in the Los Angeles County by
contacting Alan Kessler, A Law Corporation