Camp Pendleton Theft Crime Defense Lawyers
The largest West Coast expeditionary training facility of the U.S. Marine Corps has its headquarters at Camp Pendleton, California. Encompassing more than 125,000 acres, the base was originally established in 1942 to train Marines for service during World War II. The Southern California coastal and mountain terrain supports a variety of military training exercises.
Oceanside is the nearest city, located two miles south of Camp Pendleton. Living in Camp Pendleton military houses offers many benefits to servicemen and women and their families, including convenience, cost savings, good schools, and sense of community. Unfortunately, the crime rate in Camp Pendleton is high – 85.65 per 1,000 residents per year, as stated on Crime Grade.
If you have been charged with a theft crime in Camp Pendleton, your best course of action is to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Theft crimes can carry tough penalties. We offer a free initial consultation.
Under California law, there are many different theft crimes for which a person can be arrested. The following are some of the most common types of cases our firm handles:
- Shoplifting: Entering an open business establishment with the intent to steal items with a value of $950 or less is charged as shoplifting. It is a misdemeanor offense unless the defendant is a registered sex offender or has prior serious felony convictions.
- Petty theft: This crime involves theft of property valued at $950 or less. It is a misdemeanor offense.
- Burglary: Breaking into someone else’s property with the intent to commit theft or another felony inside is burglary – first-degree if the break-in occurs at residence, second-degree if it occurs at a store or place of business. First degree burglary is a felony, while second-degree burglary is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.
- Grand theft: This crime involves the unlawful taking of property valued at $950 or more, based on the “reasonable fair market value.” Grand theft is also a wobbler.
- Auto burglary: This crime is a subset of burglary, charged as second-degree burglary. It occurs when a person enters or breaks into someone else’s vehicle with the intent to commit theft or a felony inside the vehicle.
- Grand theft auto: When a person steals a car with the intention of keeping it permanently or for a substantial period of time, the charge is grand theft auto.
- Receiving stolen property: It is illegal to receive, buy, or conceal property, or withhold from the owner, if you know the property was stolen. Receiving stolen property is a wobbler offense.
- Carjacking: It is a felony offense to take control of a vehicle away from another person using force or fear. Carjacking is a felony.
Many crimes that were felonies in California became misdemeanors when Proposition 47 was passed in November 2014. Penalties for theft crimes depend largely on the type of theft and the value of the goods or assets taken.
For less than $50 worth of property, theft crimes are often punished with only a fine for a first offense. When the value of the property is $950 or more, penalties can be more severe. They may include a jail sentence of 16 months to two years, a fine, or both.
If you are facing theft crime charges, contact jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys at (760) 630-2000. Our Camp Pendleton criminal defense attorneys will take a stand against your charges. Our founding attorney is a board-certified criminal defense specialist.
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