Hawthorne Petty Theft Defense

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Hawthorne Petty Theft Attorneys | Southern California Theft Defense Lawyers Since 1987

Petty Theft involves taking the property of another person with neither the owner’s permission nor consent, intending to permanently deprive the owner of that property. It is most often associated with PC459.5 Shoplifting. In certain circumstances, Petty Theft can be charged as a felony offense in Hawthorne. You could face felony charges and up to 3 years in state prison, if you have a prior conviction:


  • Of a serious or violent felony;
  • Resulting in sex offender registration; or
  • Resulting in a term of imprisonment in County Jail or State Prison.


If the defendant has two prior strikes on his or her criminal record, this problem could be extremely serious. A defendant with two prior serious and violent felony offenses could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of any third felony offense, including Petty Theft with a Prior.

Eugene Hanrahan and Stephen Sitkoff have specialized in defending Petty Theft cases in Hawthorne for over 70 years, and both have previous experience working as Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys. With their over 3 decades of experience, Mr. Hanrahan and Mr. Sitkoff are widely considered two of the best Petty Theft defense attorneys. If you have been arrested for Petty Theft, call us now at (888) 579-4844 for a free consultation.

Our Hawthorne Petty Theft Lawyers Can Protect Your Record

Even if your Petty Theft charge is not likely to result in jail time, you should not take this theft crime lightly. Any criminal conviction, even petty theft, will be reflected on your criminal record. This will have a detrimental effect on both your professional and personal life, and could possibly hurt your reputation. A Petty Theft conviction could affect any future career opportunities, professional licenses, and citizenship. Unlike some other Hawthorne law firms, we do not plead our clients out to the first offer made by the prosecution. We will work with you side by side to develop strategies to improve our chances of achieving the ultimate goal of keeping a Petty Theft conviction off of your record.

Learn How Our Expertise Can Help You

Facing Petty Theft charges will likely be one of the most challenging moments in your life. The possible consequences that you could face, and the uncertainties surrounding them, make it critical that you invest in Hawthorne attorneys committed to achieving the best possible solution for you. Call us now at (888) 579-4844 for a free no-obligation case review. You can rest assured that all of your questions will be answered and you will receive an honest evaluation of your case and options.

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.