Under California Penal Code Section 484(a), Petty Theft is defined as, “Every person who shall feloniously steal, take, carry, lead, or drive away the personal property of another…” If you are found guilty of Petty Theft you can be forced to pay a fine of up to $1000.00 or serve up to six months in a Los Angeles County jail.
What Are My Options When I’ve Been Charged With Petty Theft in Los Angeles County?
You have many options when you’re charged with petty theft. Some options include a civil compromise in which the victim is paid back for the damage and then agrees that the case should not be prosecuted, or dismissed. Another option in certain situations is to try and get the charge reduced to an infraction which is very important when you’re trying to avoid having a misdemeanor on your record. Sometimes there is nothing that can be worked out and the case must go to trial.
Why Do You Need A Los Angeles County Lawyer For Your Petty Theft Case?
It’s important to hire a lawyer to fight aggressively against the charges you’re facing. Sometimes when cases can’t be worked out between the prosecutor and the defendant, a case must go to trial. It’s important to hire a lawyer that isn’t afraid of trial and will work hard to show a jury of your peers that you’re innocent of the crime you’ve been charged with. Michael Carrillo has handled countless petty theft charges and will fight hard to get the best resolution on your case. Call us today for a contact us from Mr. Carrillo at (626) 799-9379.