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Oakland Theft Crime Lawyer

Experienced Defense Against Theft Crime Charges in California

In the state of California, theft crimes cover a number of offenses that relate to the crime of taking property that belongs to another individual. Every specific type of theft carries its own set of penalties upon conviction. At The Castillo Law Office, we know the situation you are facing and can help you find a solution after being charged with a theft crime.

Theft crime convictions can be especially harmful to a defendant's freedom and future ability to obtain employment. If you have been charged with any type of theft crime, speak with our Oakland criminal defense attorney at your earliest convenience.

Types of Theft Crimes and Their Consequences

In California, many law violations can be placed under the category of theft and are covered in a variety of penal codes. Petty theft, under California Penal Code § 484 and § 488, involves the stealing of property that is valued at up to $950. Grand theft, under Penal Code § 487, is the stealing of property valued at more than $950. This offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.

Burglary is a serious theft crime that can count as a "strike" pursuant to California's Three Strikes Law. An individual can be charged with burglary for entering a structure with intent to commit a felony or any theft within the building.

Other types of theft crimes include:

If you are facing any type of theft crime charge in Oakland, do not hesitate to seek the legal guidance of our firm. We understand the impact that a conviction can have on your life and we are prepared to avoid that situation at all costs.

We know what your case requires and can put our experience to work on your behalf. Contact us today!

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    “A few years back, Ernie Castillo represented a family member of mine who was charged with a vehicular offense. Although minor compared to the high profile cases Ernie is accustomed to, Ernie took the case with the utmost professionalism and was able to reduce the charge so that my family member's record was not affected. I can't thank Ernie enough for investing his time and sincere efforts to helping my family out. He truly is a master of his craft.”


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