Petty Theft

Los Angeles Petty Theft Attorney

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR CRIMINAL RECORD AND AVOID JAIL IF YOU HAVE A PETTY THEFT CASE IN LOS ANGELES?

Fortunately for those people charged with a petty theft crime in Los Angeles and across California, things have changed in the judicial system for the better. In the past, it was common practice for prosecutors and judges to seek convictions and harsh punishment for those caught stealing for various retail locations. This seemed to be driven by the political power that many of these business carry with the powers that be. And, the fact that they must pay millions of dollars per year in order to have the necessary security to protect their assets.

Today, things have changed. The voters passed Proposition 47 and there has been a societal shift in favor of giving people a chance to prove themselves. As you might guess this has made many prosecutors and judges angry and they still try and harshly punish people if they are given the opportunity to do so. This is why it is more important than ever to have a strong seasoned criminal defense attorney by your side who is looking out for your best interests.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP YOU IN A PETTY THEFT CASE?

There are diversion programs that have been set up to help save your criminal record. These programs give you the opportunity to earn a complete dismissal. Many times you do not have to plead guilty to anything. You are given some terms and conditions of probation to comply with and told to stay clean for a period of time. If you can complete the terms give by the judge and not be arrested, then you can earn a dismissal. In other scenarios, you plead guilty to a crime, but are not sentenced…hence avoiding a conviction. If you complete what you are ordered to do and stay arrest free them once again you can earn a dismissal.

What was once a horrible mark on your record in the past, can now be an opportunity to avoid a conviction and minimize the bad effects and negative implications that come with a theft related offense. If you have been arrested or charged with a theft related offense, I suggest that you put a list of questions together and come and sit down with me for a consultation. Once we flush out all of the facts and circumstances special to you and your life, we can then develop a plan to get your out of the criminal justice system and back to enjoying your life!

Ronald D. Hedding
Hedding Law Firm