Los Angeles Theft Crime Attorney
Are theft crimes serious?
Any criminal conviction on your record, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is serious. A criminal record can affect your future employment, your ability to get into certain educational institutions, financial opportunities and your reputation. If you or someone you know has been charged with a theft crime then the thing to do is act as quickly as possible to retain an experienced defense lawyer.
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Most criminal charges have a wide ranging degree of severity. The same is true for theft crimes. They can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the value of what was stolen and whether you have prior convictions. If, for example, a person stole some jewelry valued at $300 and had no prior record, they would probably be charged with a misdemeanor. If the value was over $400 it would probably be a felony.