Riverside Theft Lawyer
A person is guilty of committing theft in Riverside, CA if he or she unlawfully takes property from another. If the property is worth more than $950, is a car, firearm or if the property is obtained by use of force, violence or threats, the crime becomes a “wobbler” and can be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony. While the concept of theft seems straightforward, the laws themselves are extremely complex. A felony conviction carries with it the threat of spending one or more years in state prison, in addition to hefty fines and court costs.
If you have been arrested for a theft crime, it will undoubtedly be a time of great stress for you. Even if you escape a jail sentence, a public record of the conviction will be available to your prospective employers, landlords or anyone else interested. The experienced, competent and compassionate Riverside theft defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP are well-versed in all the tactics that are successfully used to get felony charges reduced to misdemeanors, or even dismissed.
What Happens after an Arrest for Theft in Riverside
We know that in any criminal case, a complete investigation of all circumstances and detailed preparation gives clients the best opportunity for a favorable outcome. Witnesses need to be interviewed. Compelling evidence needs to be assembled. Prosecutors have great discretion in charging a case as a misdemeanor or a felony, or not filing at all. The initial thrust of the attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP is to present evidence to the prosecutors of mitigating circumstances that could cause the charges to be reduced or even dismissed, before a criminal case is filed. So if you have been arrested for theft in or near Riverside, the time to contact the theft defense lawyers at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP is immediately.
We defend clients against a variety of theft crimes, including but not limited to:
- Shoplifting or petty theft
- Theft by trick or false pretense
- Grand theft
- Auto theft
- Receipt of stolen property
- Identity theft
- Credit card fraud
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Yes, you are in a difficult situation. But, all is not lost. Theft charges are subject to many types of sophisticated legal challenges. The attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP are trial attorneys familiar with all of the strategies available to protect clients—and prosecutors know that. We have fought and won many jury trials. Mounting a successful defense takes hard work and much time. Delay in contacting an attorney at our firm can mean the difference between walking away relatively unscathed and spending the rest of your life dealing with the fallout. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact the Riverside theft defense lawyers at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP today for your free initial consultation to review your charges. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.