Fullerton Petty Theft Defense

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Fullerton Petty Theft Attorneys | Theft Defense In Fullerton Since 1987

Are you facing petty theft or shoplifting charges in Fullerton? Shoplifting and other modes of petty theft carry consequences most do not consider until after the fact. While most petty theft/shoplifting cases are charged by Fullerton prosecutors as misdemeanor theft crimes, a theft-related conviction, even as a misdemeanor, can still result in a criminal record, which can adversely impact future and current employment opportunities, citizenship eligibility, and professional licensing. For 3 decades, former Southern California senior prosecutors Eugene Hanrahan and Stephen Sitkoff have practiced criminal defense law in North Orange County with a focus on Fullerton petty theft charges in North Justice Center. Mr. Hanrahan and Mr. Sitkoff have achieved successful outcomes defending a multitude of Fullerton petty theft and shoplifting cases.

Whether you were arrested in Fullerton for a 1st offense shoplifting misdemeanor or a felony petty theft with prior, we will secure the best outcome for you. Our decades of theft defense experience and relationships with the prosecutors and judges in North Justice Center ensures your case will be defended on an even playing field with the goal of achieving a dismissal of your petty theft or shoplifting charges through diversion or a reduction of your theft offense to a lesser non-moral turpitude offense.

Elements Of Shoplifting And Petty Theft In Fullerton?

Although petty theft and shoplifting are very similar theft crimes, they are actually considered two different criminal offenses in California. The following is a breakdown of the elements of both Shoplifting and Petty Theft:

Petty Theft – The theft amount must not exceed $950 in value.  Further, it must be proven that you took the item(s) with intent to keep the item(s) permanently.

Shoplifting – The amount must not exceed $950 in value and the theft must occur in a retail store during regular business hours. Like petty theft, it must be proven that you shoplifted the item(s) with intent to keep the item(s) permanently.

Punishments For Fullerton Shoplifting And Petty Theft Charges

If you have been arrested for PC 459.5 – Shoplifting or PC 484(a) – Petty Theft, there are several court imposed penalties and punishments. The following are some of the punishments you face on shoplifting or petty theft charge in Fullerton Court:

  • Summary (unsupervised) probation up to 3 years
  • Up to $1,000 fine
  • Up to 6 months in LA County Jail
  • Community service or labor
  • Restitution

Petty Theft Defense Attorneys In Fullerton For 3 Decades

Although you may be facing petty theft or shoplifting charges, there is reason for hope.  Dismissal or reduction of theft charges can be achieved through expert plea negotiations with prosecutors and judges. Our Fullerton criminal defense lawyers have successfully defended both first offense misdemeanor theft-related charges to complex white collar felony theft crimes out of Fullerton Court. Our advanced knowledge of California criminal procedure and the California evidence code is unmatched and we utilize each of our resources to achieve only the best outcomes for our clients. Call our Fullerton petty theft attorneys now at (714) 456-9955 for a FREE confidential consultation or to schedule a meeting at our office in Orange. Since 1987, we have proudly served the residents of Fullerton, Brea, Yorba Linda, Orange, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Villa Park, Placentia, La Habra, and Buena Park.

Stephen Sitkoff

Stephen Sitkoff

Partner and Criminal Defense Attorney

Stephen Sitkoff is a partner at Sitkoff & Hanrahan who started his legal career as a deputy district attorney more than 30 years ago prosecuting cases throughout the LA criminal court system in Southern California.
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Eugene Hanrahan

Partner and Criminal Defense Attorney

Eugene Hanrahan is both a former federal and county prosecutor and partner at Sitkoff & Hanrahan, LLP with two decades of criminal law experience. Mr. Hanrahan’s criminal defense expertise ranges from misdemeanors to serious, complex felony cases.
James Kim

James Kim

Senior Case Analyst

James possesses over a decade of legal experience and serves as the firm’s senior case analyst handling the initial calls from prospective clients.