Theft Crimes & Fraud

California Criminal Defense Center has developed a unique strategy in representing clients charged with theft-related offenses. Our success in achieving optimum results for our clients charged with theft and fraud violations starts from our insight in the discovery process.

Through years of practice and thousands of theft cases, we have developed a strategy whereby we seek to compel law enforcement to provide us with list of items that are unique to theft cases. The items we seek are unlike those typically requested by most defense counsel through the conventional discovery process. A criminal lawyer (not a legal secretary) will carefully scrutinize every piece of information that is obtained. We then use these items – or in some cases, the failure of law enforcement to provide these items – in defense of our clients.

Time and time again, we have obtained positive results through this innovative and unanticipated approach, earning our practice the reputation as ” masters of strategy.”

The most common theft crimes and fraud offenses include the following:

  • Auto theft
  • Bank fraud
  • Bribery
  • Burglary
  • Check fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Credit card fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • False pretenses
  • Forgery
  • Grand theft
  • Health care fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Insider trading
  • Insurance fraud
  • Internet fraud
  • Larceny
  • Money laundering
  • Petty theft
  • Racketeering & RICO Act
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Robbery
  • Securities fraud
  • Shoplifting
  • Smuggling
  • Tax evasion
  • Tax fraud
  • Unlawful use of access cards
  • Welfare fraud
  • Wire fraud

Theft-related charges in California can range from petty misdemeanors to serious and violent felonies, such as armed-robbery or carjacking. Therefore, some criminal offenses can be classified as both a theft offense and a violent crime.  Even where the crime does not involve violence, the punishment for various theft and fraud charges can be severe.

To complicate things, it is sometimes difficult for a person charged with felony theft offenses to bail out of jail. Upon the request of the prosecutor, the court may require the accused show proof that the source of the money used to post the bond is legitimate. If the accused is unable to make this showing, he/she may not be able to stay out of jail pending completion of the case.

Our office has handled countless bail motions in courts throughout Southern California. In many cases, we are able to provide sufficient information to the court to have our clients released on their written promise to appear, thereby avoiding the costly bail premiums.

If you are facing theft or fraud charges, please contact our office immediately to get the advice of a qualified criminal defense attorney. We will be happy to discuss your case and answer your questions during a free and confidential consultation.