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Bakersfield Theft Crime Lawyer

Is theft charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense in California?

Campbell Whitten is an elite law firm that is committed to providing hard-hitting legal representation to those individuals in and around the Bakersfield area who have found themselves facing criminal charges.

We have more than 30 years of criminal defense experience and take extreme pride in the case results we have been able to achieve on behalf of our clients. At our firm, you will not be treated as simply another case; we will do whatever we can to secure a favorable outcome.

We will give you the respect you deserve, provide you with the high-quality, personalized attention your case requires and work diligently to see that all of your legal needs are met. Since theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the value of the items stolen, the seriousness of the charge and whether or not the accused has prior convictions, it is important to retain the counsel of a Bakersfield theft crime defense lawyer at once.

The most common types of theft charges you could face are for crimes of petty theft, grand theft, grand theft auto, forgery, robbery, identity theft, fraud or embezzlement. Theft charges, no matter how minor they may seem, should never be ignored. Even petty theft could be charged as a felony in cases where the accused has at least three prior theft-related convictions. For this reason, your first course of action should be to get in touch with the team at Campbell Whitten.

Safeguard Your Rights After an Arrest

The most effective way to defend against theft crime charges is to exercise your right to remain silent and have an attorney present during any and all questioning. There is no reason to incriminate yourself when skilled legal counsel may be able to help you receive a reduction in charges, a dismissal of charges or an acquittal at trial.

Misdemeanor theft charges can often be defended by arguing that the accused believed he or she had the legal right to take and possess the property in question. Felony offenses, on the other hand, will require a sound defense strategy and the aggressive representation of an experienced lawyer. In either instance, retaining our firm may increase your odds of avoiding conviction.

Call our firm right away at (661) 771-3077 to speak with an attorney about your legal options.