Crimes of Theft

Crimes of Theft

Theft in California is defined as the stealing of property by false pretense, larceny, or embezzlement, with an intent to permanently deprive a property owner of their property. The level of the theft offense largely depends on the value of the stolen property, as well as the prior criminal history of the offender. Other offenses related to theft include failing to return leased or rented property, unlawfully diverting funds for labor, services or materials, falsifying information to sell items to a pawnbroker, defrauding a public housing program, taking lost property without trying to find the owner, and selling or unlawfully transferring or using a credit or debit card. Only the assistance of a competent, qualified Oakland criminal defense lawyer, such as those comprising California Law Firm, can help you fight theft charges such as these in California.