If you have been arrested for theft in Southern California, the effects could be far-reaching and permanently affect your reputation. False accusations can happen, and you can be arrested for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If caught in a situation like this, you need the skilled legal assistance of a San Diego theft attorney to help with your situation. That’s Dod Law, APC, in Vista and Downtown San Diego, led by Dod Ghassemkhani.
In a career that includes working on more than 6,500 cases, Mr. Ghassemkhani brings 16 years of experience to create strong representation in fighting for your rights. He and his team are knowledgeable, aggressive and dependable in an effort to help you overcome criminal charges.
Penalties for Theft Crimes in California
Penalties for theft charges are harsh in California. You can be incarcerated for up to three years for a felony charge. However, theft is another “wobbler,” where the prosecutor, based on evidence, has the power to charge the crime as a misdemeanor or a felony.
If ruled as a misdemeanor, the maximum penalty is a year in the county jail. However, grand theft charges can result in a harsher sentence. According to California law, theft of more than $950 is grand theft, which can be brought on by a single shoplifting incident where an expensive piece of jewelry or technology is stolen.
These cases are difficult and nuanced. Even an unjust accusation requires the assistance of a dedicated San Diego theft and shoplifting attorney. Dod Ghassemkhani fits that description and can rely on a number of defenses, including:
- The lack of intent to steal
- The “stolen” property belonged to you
- False accusations
- Mistaken theft where the person consented to you taking the item
Many clients in the San Diego metro area have benefited from the skills of Mr. Ghassemkhani. He can help you as well.
Reliable Defense for Theft and Shoplifting Charges in San Diego
Theft charges can lead to fines, incarceration and a loss of reputation. If you face such criminal charges in the San Diego area, you need a skilled, reliable and experienced defense attorney. Dod Law, APC, in Vista and Downtown San Diego is prepared to be your advocate. Our law firm provides free consultations, so contact a lawyer in San Diego at 619-814-5110 or call us in Vista at 760-814-6025.