Shoplifting & Theft Defense

California Shoplifting & Theft Defense Attorney

As a Criminal Defense Attorney, the Baum Law Corp. understands how the state pursues shoplifting, theft and burglary charges and how to best protect you.

If you have been arrested for theft, then you need a good California Criminal Defense Lawyer who knows how to protect your rights and keep you out of jail. The Baum Law Firm has handled dozens of theft cases, from minor shoplifting charges, to major felonies.

Shoplifting in California is defined as follows: “When someone intentionally steals, takes or carries away store property.”

Here in California, Shoplifting is broken out from other theft crimes and the seriousness of the charges depends on the value of the goods allegedly stolen:

  • If someone is arrested for shoplifting less than $250 worth of property, then they may face charges for the California misdemeanor of petty larceny.
  • If someone is arrested for shoplifting $250 or more worth of property, then they may be charged with the California felony of grand larceny.

Also, if it is shown that the person premeditated or planned the Shoplifting, they can be charged with Burglary, a felony.

The more serious charge of Burglary is “when a person enters any building with the intent to commit larceny (eg. shoplifting) inside of that building irrespective of whether any property is taken.”

Therefore, someone may face both burglary and larceny charges in a shoplifting case if the prosecution believes that they intended to steal when they went into the store.

Some of the possible ways the police, the detective or the prosecutor know there was an “intent” to steal, are:

  1. a history of retail theft
  2. admission
  3. wearing of special clothing designed to hide goods
  4. use of special “booster” equipment to hide merchandise
  5. statements from friends or accomplices that the stealing was pre-planned

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The Baum Law Corp. has extensive experience throughout Southern California including Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Santa Barbara County, and Ventura County.

In Los Angeles County, The Baum Law Corp. routinely handles cases in:
Airport Court (LAX), Alhambra, Antelope Valley (Lancaster), Antelope Valley Juvenile, Bellfower, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Catalina, Central Arraignment (Bauchet), Compton, Downtown Los Angeles (CCB), Downey, East Los Angeles, Eastlake Juvenile, El Monte, Glendale, Hollywood, Inglewood, Inglewood Juvenile, Long Beach, Malibu, Metropolitan (Hill Street), Newhall, Norwalk, Pasadena, Pomona, Torrance, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita (Valencia), Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier.

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