Los Angeles & Ventura County Theft and Fraud Defense Attorney
THEFT and FRAUD CRIMES

Attorney Jennifer Monroe has over 15 years experience handling theft offense cases. She aggressively represents her clients to obtain dismissals, lesser charges, and reduced punishments.

How to Defend a Theft or Fraud Case
If you are suspected or charged with a theft or fraud crime early intervention and thorough review of the evidence against you is necessary. You may be eligible for a dismissal, reduced charge, or jail alternative. Jennifer Monroe will meet with you to review your case and your background. She will also:

  • Fight to protect your rights.
  • Research the defenses that apply to your case.
  • Initiate investigation to prove you are innocent.
  • Review the facts with you to determine if a lesser charge is appropriate. 
  • Present mitigating factors about you and your case to the judge and prosecutor.
  • Negotiate the best possible result for your case.

Common Theft and Fraud Crimes
Below you will find a list of some of the most common theft crimes. All references are to the California Penal Code (pc) and Vehicle Code (vc). Click on each crime to learn more about their definitions, penalties, and how Jennifer Monroe can help you.

The summary is intended to give you an overview of what you may be facing, but does not include all of the consequences and potential defenses. Please contact Jennifer Monroe directly for more information about the crimes listed.

Jennifer Monroe has personally handled all of the crimes listed below. If you have trouble locating a crime below, please contact Jennifer Monroe directly, she has likely handled that crime before and can help you.

Auto Theft / Driving a Stolen Vehicle / Possession of Stolen Vehicle
– California Vehicle Code 487 vc, 10851 vc, California Penal Code 496 pc
These three crimes are often charged together. The prosecutor can charge you with stealing the car, and driving and as well as possessing the car you know is stolen.

Each of these crimes are a felony but are wobblers which means they may be reduced to a misdemeanor by the judge or prosecutor. Each of these crimes is punishable up to 3 years in jail. Other penalties include stay away orders from the victim, submit your person, home, and vehicle to search and seizure for stolen property with or without a warrant, and restitution for the cost of any damage you caused the victim’s car.

Burglary – California Penal Code 459 pc
Burglary requires that you entered a house, store, or any structure with the intent to steal or commit another felony offense.
There are two degrees of burglary. First degree burglary occurs when someone enters a residence with the intent to steal or commit another felony. Second degree burglary is all other types of burglary.

First Degree Burglary is a felony in violation of California Penal Code 459 pc. First Degree Burglary is a strike offense and punishable up to six years in state prison.

Second Degree Burglary is a felony wobbler which means it may be reduced to a misdemeanor by the judge or prosecutor. Second Degree Burglary is punishable up to three years in jail.

Other penalties for Burglary include a protective order restraining you from the victim and location, submit your person, home, and vehicle to search and seizure for stolen property with or without a warrant, and restitution to the victim for damages or losses.

Embezzlement / Employee Theft – California Penal Code 484 pc, 487 pc, 503 pc
Embezzlement is a form of theft and is commonly known as employee theft. This type of theft requires the fraudulent appropriation of property (real, personal, or money) from an employer or someone who entrusted the property with you.

Embezzlement theft is prosecuted as a misdemeanor if the loss is under $950 to the victim. If the loss is greater than $950 during a 12 month period then the theft is prosecuted as a felony, but is a wobbler and may be reduced to a misdemeanor by the judge or prosecutor.

A misdemeanor violation of this type of theft is punishable up to 6 months in local jail and or a $1,000 fine plus mandatory penalty assessments and fees. After mandatory penalty assessments and fees a $1,000 fine could cost around $4,000.

A felony violation is punishable by up to 3 years in jail and or a $10,000 fine plus mandatory penalty assessments and fees depending on the type of theft.

The court will also order a restraining order and restitution.

Identity Theft California Penal Code 529 pc, 530 pc
Identity theft is a newer form of theft and can manifest itself in the form of false personation, credit card fraud, forgery, and theft by false pretenses to name just a few examples. The law is constantly changing to keep up with the new wave in identity theft crime. Please contact Jennifer Monroe to review the facts of your case to determine what consequences you may face.

Most identity theft crimes are felonies and punishable by jail and large fines. Some may be reduced to misdemeanors.

The law is constantly changing to keep up with the new wave in identity theft crime. Please contact Jennifer Monroe to review the facts of your case to determine what consequences you may face.

Petty Theft / Petty Theft with Priors – California Penal Code 490.1 pc, 484 pc, 666 pc
Petty Theft requires taking or stealing the personal property of another.

  • If the amount taken is $50 or less then the prosecutor can file a misdemeanor or an infraction in violation of California Penal Code 484 pc as a misdemeanor or California Penal Code 490.1 pc as an infraction.  Most infractions are punishable by up to a $250 fine that could cost almost a $1,000 after mandatory penalty assessments and fees.  Misdemeanor petty theft is described below.
  • If the amount taken is $950 or less then it is considered petty theft and a misdemeanor.  A misdemeanor violation of petty theft is punishable up to 6 months in local jail and or a $1,000 fine plus mandatory penalty assessments and fees.  After mandatory penalty assessments and fees a $1,000 fine could cost you almost $4,000. 
  • If you have a prior theft conviction of any kind then it is considered petty theft with a prior and a felony but may be reduced to a misdemeanor by the judge or prosecutor because it is a wobbler. A felony of petty theft with a prior is punishable up to 3 years in jail.

The court will also order a restraining order from the location or victim, submit your person, home, and vehicle to search and seizure for stolen property with or without a warrant, and restitution in theft cases.

Possession or Use of a Credit Card without Consent – California Penal Code 484 pc, 530.5 pc
Possession with the intent to use or actual use of someone else’s credit card or credit card information are felony wobblers and can be prosecuted as a misdemeanors or a felonies.

A misdemeanor violation of this type of crime is a violation of California Penal code 484 pc and punishable up to a year in local jail and or a fine up to $1,500 plus mandatory penalty assessments and fees. After mandatory penalty assessments and fees a $1,000 fine could cost you almost $5,000.

A felony violation of this type of crime is a violation of California Penal code 530.5 pc and punishable up to 3 years in jail and or a fine up to $10,000 which could be substantial after mandatory penalty assessments and fees.

Possession of Stolen Property – California Penal Code 496 pc
Possession of Stolen Property requires buying or receiving any property that has been stolen and concealing that property from the rightful owner. Possession of stolen property also applies if you stole the property but the prosecution can’t prove you stole it, just that you possessed it.

Possession of Stolen Property is a felony violation of but is a wobbler and may be reduced to a misdemeanor by the judge or prosecutor.

Possession of Stolen Property is punishable up to 3 years in jail.

Robbery – California Penal Code 211 pc
Robbery requires stealing or taking the personal property of another by force or threat of force from his or her person or immediate presence.
Robbery is a felony strike offense and punishable up to 9 years in state prison.

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