The story surrounding the Barefoot Bandit is set to receive the Hollywood treatment, after a prominent studio settled restitution in return for the rights to the story.

It was just a few weeks ago that 20th Century Fox paid more than $1 million, the final payment in Colton Harris-Moore’s court-ordered restitution. Harris-Moore was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison back in 2012, from charges stemming from an alleged crime spree that involved airplanes, guns, and boats.

A significant portion of that sum was used to pay for three airplanes that a teenaged Harris-Moore had used in his life on the run.

Although Harris-Moore quickly rose to cult fame in Internet circles, the reality surrounding his alleged crimes was far less glamorous. In court proceedings, Harris-Moore testified that he was raised by an abusive alcoholic mother, and committed burglaries because he was starving and in search of food.

Fox’s attempt to bring the story to the big screen is not the first time Harris-Moore’s two-year journey has been brought to the masses. His experiences have already been chronicled in a documentary and book.

Theft Defense

Theft cases, oftentimes referred to as larceny, can come in many forms. It is best defined as the act of taking someone else’s services or property without their consent, and can extend beyond property into cases involving identity theft.

Typically, charges are determined based on the amount of property stolen, whether the theft involves large assets, like vehicles or property, and the assessed value of the objects in question.

In California, there are statutes that differentiate between petty theft, theft and grand theft. The prosecution usually assesses theft charges, and sentences can escalate, depending on the value.

Some common cases of alleged theft include:

  • Automobile or motorcycle ownership
  • Identify theft
  • Litigation against home ownership
  • Stolen property, including electronics and other household items

No matter what the situation is surrounding an alleged theft charge, it is always important for those accused to seek the qualified counsel of a criminal defense attorney.

If you or someone you love has been accused of criminal theft, you need an advocate to tell your side of the story. The consequences for theft can be serious, and you need someone who can work to protect your present and future interests.

At the Kestenbaum Law Group, our attorneys specialize in all aspects of criminal defense, including the varying degrees of theft. Our firm has more than 30 years of experience in successful theft litigation, and our longstanding relationship with area authorities, vast legal resources and commitment to excellence give us the tools necessary to successfully advocate on behalf of our clients. Regardless of your situation, we are committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome.

We can help build your case today. Call our office at (818) 616-4312 to schedule your initial consultation with one of our defense attorneys.