Certified Criminal Law Specialist And West La Petty Theft Shoplifting Defense Attorneys
If you have been recently cited or arrested for petty theft shoplifting in West Los Angeles, you are likely nervous and anxious about your upcoming court date at LAX Court. Whether it is your first shoplifting offense or not, it is important that you seek legal counsel immediately to prepare you for what lies ahead. The impact of a theft related conviction carries consequences that reach beyond the immediate penalties, such as negatively impacting your future employment prospects, current or future professional licensing, or citizenship eligibility. It is important for you to know that these consequences can be mitigated by an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Since 1987, the West LA criminal defense lawyers at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP have successfully defended individuals like yourself in a wide range of theft related cases, including petty and grand theft shoplifting, embezzlement , 2nd degree burglary, identity theft, and forgery . Call now at (888) 579-4844 for a free consultation to review your case and your options.
Our Petty Theft Defense Approach
As former West Los Angeles prosecutors and law enforcement instructors with over 60 years of combined experience, the petty theft lawyers at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP provide a unique insight and advantage to every petty theft case they defend. Whether it is attacking a specific element of PC 484 – Petty Theft and PC 459.5 – Shoplifting, or utilizing their relationships with prosecutors and judges in LAX Court to negotiate plea agreements to lesser offenses, our criminal defense firm is committed to securing the best possible outcomes for our clients. In order to accomplish this, we thoroughly investigate all of the evidence against you to find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, such as the following:
- The property allegedly stolen was actually yours
- You did not intend to permanently deprive the owner of the property
- There is no evidence that you took nor ever possessed the allegedly stolen property, other than the accuser’s word
Alternatively, if your case involves strong evidence, such as your confession to the crime, video or audio evidence, and reliable witness testimony, a dismissal or reduction of charges can still be attained if you have no criminal record through either by way of Civil Compromise under 1377 and 1378 of the California Penal Code or Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ).
If your petty theft or shoplifting offense took place in West Los Angeles, your notice to appear will likely order you to appear at the LAX aka Airport Courthouse for your arraignment hearing. Located at 11701 S. La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles 90045, this court serves as the jurisdictional court for all criminal matters arising out of the “Westside” of Los Angeles County. There are 3 independent prosecutorial agencies within the Airport Courthouse and the agency which assumes the prosecution of your case is determined by the city you were arrested in and/or the charge level (felony or misdemeanor). The 3 agencies are:
- Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office – (310) 727-6500
Prosecutes all felonies committed in West LA and misdemeanors committed in all westside cities with the exception of LA city and Santa Monica
- Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office – (310) 202-3800
Only prosecutes misdemeanor crimes committed in the city of Los Angeles
- Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office – (310) 725-0960
Only prosecutes misdemeanor crimes committed in the city of Santa Monica
Why Retain Our West LA Criminal Defense Firm?
Whether you are facing a first offense misdemeanor shoplifting or worse, PC 666 – petty theft with prior, you can rest assured that as a client of our firm, you will receive first class legal representation and a genuine commitment to the successful resolution of your case. Unlike many other Los Angeles area criminal defense firms, clients of our firm will be represented by a managing partner, either Paul Takakjian or Stephen Sitkoff, not an inexperienced associate or contract lawyer. Please call us now at (310) 312-8055 for a free no-obligation consultation to review the facts of your case and each of your potential outcomes.
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West Covina Shoplifting & Petty Theft Lawyers
If you have been arrested or cited with petty theft or shoplifting charges, you likely have many questions ranging from the impact a theft-related conviction could have on your career or whether you are looking at jail time if you are convicted. These are normal questions most people have when facing a theft charge. Although searching for answers online can provide you with some general insight, you need to consult with a qualified theft defense lawyer with experience defending theft charges in West Covina Court in order to get the answers you are seeking. Former LA county senior prosecutors Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff have collectively practiced criminal defense law for over 70 plus years with particular expertise in defending all forms of theft-related crimes in West Covina Court, such as:
- PC 459.5 – Shoplifting
- PC 484(a) – Petty Theft
- PC 487(a) – Grand Theft
- PC 459 – Residential (1st Degree) and Commercial Burglary(2nd Degree)
- PC 496 – Receiving Stolen Property
- PC 666 – Petty Theft with Prior
Whether you are facing a 1st offense petty theft misdemeanor or a felony grand theft shoplifting, we are prepared to utilize our decades of theft defense experience and relationships with the deputy district attorneys in West Covina Court to tirelessly advocate for a dismissal or reduction of your shoplifting and petty theft charges.
What Are The Elements Of Shoplifting And Petty Theft In West Covina?
There are elements of an act of theft that must be met in order for it to be considered petty theft or shoplifting. The following is a breakdown of each of the two offenses:
- Petty Theft – The amount of the theft must be under $950 in value and it must be proven that you took the item(s) with intent to permanently deprive the owner of the item(s).
- Shoplifting – The amount of the must be under $950 in value and the theft must have been committed in a retail store during normal business hours. It too must be proven that you shoplifted the item(s) with intent to permanently deprive the store of the item(s).
Penalties For Shoplifting And Petty Theft In West Covina
If you have been charged with PC 459.5 – shoplifting or PC 484(a) – Petty Theft, you face certain penalties if convicted, in addition to the collateral consequences of a theft-related conviction on your criminal record. The following are some of the penalties you face if charged with either shoplifting or petty theft:
- Summary (unsupervised) probation up to 3 years
- Up to $1,000 fine
- Up to 6 months in LA County Jail
- Community service or labor
- Criminal record
How Can Our West Covina Theft Defense Attorneys Help?
Just because you have been charged with petty theft or shoplifting does not mean there is no hope for a positive outcome. Our West Covina criminal defense lawyers have successfully defended theft-related charges out of Citrus Court for nearly 3 decades relying on our advanced knowledge of California criminal procedure and the California evidence code. However, the majority of petty theft and shoplifting cases involve good people with no prior criminal records who simply exercised poor judgment and acted out of character. Depending on your case’s unique circumstances, a reduction to a lesser non-theft charge, such as PC 415 – disturbing the peace or PC 602 – trespassing, could be negotiated with prosecutors. Additionally, a dismissal of all charges through diversion or deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) could also be a potential outcome. Call us now at (888) 579-4844 for a free confidential consultation, so we can provide you with a thorough analysis and review of your case and options.