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The crime of theft usually involves taking the property of another person without their permission. There are various ways in which a person can steal, and each way is its own specific crime.  Theft is broken down into two categories: grand theft and petty theft.  Often times a charge of petty theft with a prior theft on one’s record can lead to increased punishments.

Embezzlement is “the fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom it has been entrusted.” Embezzlement is charged as a theft, and the same standards regarding the value of the property that apply to grand theft and petty theft apply to embezzlement.

Burglary is a crime that is always coupled with another crime. Burglary occurs when a person enters any house, room, apartment, shop, warehouse, store, tent, or floating home among other dwellings and storage facilities with the intent to commit petty or grand theft or to commit another felony. Therefore, one who enters a house without the intent to steal or commit a felony is not guilty of burglary. The issue of intent requires the technical knowledge of an expert criminal defense attorney.

There are two forms of burglary, burglary in the first degree and burglary in the second degree. Any burglary of an inhabited dwelling is considered burglary in the first degree, while any other burglary is of the second degree. This means that robbing a person’s home is first degree but robbing a cargo container (unless someone lives in it) is burglary of the second degree.  First Degree Burglary can be considered a “Strike” under California’s Three Strikes Law.

Robbery is a combination of assault and theft. It is the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his or here person or immediate presence, and against his or her will, accomplished by means of force or fear.

A person may be guilty of forgery if that person signs the name of another person on a document, without that person’s authority. The person also has to sign the document with the intent to defraud or steal. Forgery can also occur when a person makes false identification cards or other fake documents. Forgery can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor so it is very important to consult with a qualified attorney if you are charged with forgery.

Fraud is crime that requires deceit on the part of the person charged. There are all sorts of frauds, ranging from business and insurance fraud to defrauding a government agency by getting involved in worker’s compensation fraud and welfare fraud.

Identity theft is a crime that has seen some publicity of late. People have so much information floating around on the Internet that it has created an incentive for others to steal that information and use it to obtain credit, phones, or almost anything else. It takes an experienced attorney on the cutting edge of technology to defend a person accused of identity fraud in many cases.

If you have been charged with a theft crime, do not hesitate to seek professional counsel from a qualified criminal defense attorney. Contact us for a free case evaluation. The law is complicated and trying to tackle it on one’s own or with an attorney who has little experience could be detrimental in the long run

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