Theft cases are one of the most common charges alleged to have occurred in the criminal justice system. Theft itself is addressed in Penal Code 31.03, but the common meaning behind this crime encompasses a much greater swath of potential criminal charges.
Theft is so broad that it is difficult to pare down into a manageable format. Suffice it to say that there are several degrees of theft. They range from minor theft, that is punishable with only a fine, all the way up to felony theft that can lead to major incarceration.
To put it simply, theft is stealing. This is where facts are critical in your defense. The prosecutor has to prove intent. So you at least, theoretically, should not be convicted of theft if you did not intend to deprive the rightful owner of their property. However, this is in theory only. There have been thousands of people convicted of theft where their attorneys have missed this nuance. That is why it is so critical that you hire competent criminal defense counsel.
At The Báez Law Firm, we have such counsel. Our criminal defense attorneys plunge into the facts to see exactly how the prosecution will try to proceed. Our approach gives you the advantage should your case actually go to trial.
Theft cases are famous for being easy cases to try from the prosecution’s perspective. The reason why is simple—everyone has had something stolen from them. Thus every prospective juror in the jury pool has experience in being a victim. This can make theft cases harder on the defense as the people deciding your fate have been victims of the exact crime you are being alleged to have committed.
If you find yourself in this situation, you have only one choice to make. That choice must be to hire the most competent criminal defense attorney you can afford. Here at The Báez Law Firm, we offer you competent attorneys at affordable rates. If you need us, The Báez Law Firm will be there!
Fraud is similar to theft in that they are both premised on the lack of truthfulness. That is also a reason why they are often charged together in the same criminal case. Fraud is essentially not telling someone the truth.
It is important to realize is that if you are convicted of either theft or fraud, those convictions can come back to haunt you. Why? Because if you are charged for another crime at a later time, and you decide to take the stand and testify in your own defense, this past conviction of fraud or theft can be brought up by the prosecution. When a jury hears that you have a criminal record already, yet you are pleading with them now that you are innocent of the existing charge, it doesn’t look good.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, consult with us before you proceed. It might seem attractive now to take a plea on your own, but this could come back to really hurt you in the future. Trust in The Báez Law Firm to guide you through this process.