Burbank Theft Crimes

petty theft

Burbank Theft Crimes cover a broad spectrum of offenses, all involving the unlawful taking of another’s property or money without permission. These offenses can be infractions, misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the factual circumstances and extent of the theft. This article covers the standard Burbank theft crimes. Specific theft offenses such as Credit Card Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Worker’s Compensation Fraud and Health Care Fraud are addressed individually in their own articles.

Burbank Petty Theft under California Penal Code Section 484(a) involves the theft of property or money under $400 in value. The majority of shoplifting allegations are charged as Petty Theft under Penal Code 484(a). Burbank Petty theft is a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to six months in custody, costly court fines, victim restitution, probation, community service and/or labor, and a compulsory theft counseling program. Theft convictions can also threaten professional licenses and can drive away future employers.

Burbank petty theft convictions are enhanceable, which means that any future petty theft allegation may be filed as a felony under California Penal Code Section 666.

Burbank Grand Theft under California Penal Code Section 487(a) involves the taking of property or money in excess of $400. It is a felony level offense. Penalties for Grand Theft include prison time, probation or parole, court fines, restitution and compulsory counseling.

Several defenses may be asserted to counter Burbank Theft crime allegations. The People must be able to prove that the defendant had the requisite intent to steal. Therefore those who inadvertently leave a store with property without paying are not necessarily criminally liable for Petty or Grand Theft. Additionally, if the defendant had permission or reason to believe they could to take the property in question, they lacked the requisite intent required under the statute.

Other Burbank Theft Crimes include the following offenses:

Shoplifting or Petty Theft: California Penal Code Section 484(a)
Petty Theft with a Prior: California Penal Code Section 666
Grand Theft: California Penal Code Section 487(a)
Auto Theft: California Vehicle Code Section 10851
Carjacking: California Penal Code Section 215
Credit Card Fraud: California Penal Code Section 484(e)
Embezzlement: California Penal Code Section 503
Money Laundering: California Penal Code Section 186.10
Robbery: California Penal Code Section 211
Armed Robbery: California Penal Code Section 211 and California Penal Code Section 12022
Burglary: California Penal Code Section 459
Identity Theft: California Penal Code Section 530

Due to the serious consequences associated with Burbank Theft Crimes, it is important that you have a knowledgeable Burbank Theft Crimes Defense attorney working on your case as soon as possible. Burbank Theft Crimes Defense Attorney Michael Kraut is highly experienced in defending theft cases and has been successful in having these charges dismissed or significantly reduced. In many cases, Mr. Kraut has been able to intervene before charges have been filed to avoid criminal filing altogether. As a former deputy district attorney with over 14 years of prosecutorial experience, Mr. Kraut is highly regarded by prosecutors and law enforcement professionals as a skilled legal professional.

For more information about Burbank Theft Crimes, and to schedule your free consultation, contact Burbank Theft Crimes Attorney Michael Kraut at the Kraut Law Group located at 2600 West Olive Avenue, 5th Floor, Burbank, CA 91505. Mr. Kraut can be reached 24/7 at 888-334-6344 or 818-563-9810.

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