Theft charges can be filed as misdemeanors or felonies depending on circumstances such as the value of the property that was allegedly stolen. This can mean a substantial difference in the severity of the consequences that you may be facing depending on whether the charges are misdemeanor or felony.
One thing that does not change depending on how the charges are filed is the fact that a theft charge is a black mark on your criminal record. Having a theft conviction on your record will tell potential employers that they may not be able to trust you. While this may not be true, you may still find employers who refuse to hire you after seeing a theft conviction on your record.
The only way to protect yourself from the damage a theft conviction can do is to effectively fight your charges now.
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The unfortunate reality is that even misdemeanor theft charges can lead to deportation for those who are not U.S. citizens. Theft is considered a crime of moral turpitude, and the government will consider theft charges as reflective of your character.
Deportation is a very real risk, and your attorney needs to take that into account when developing a strategy to defend you against theft charges. I understand the potential immigration ramifications of a theft charge and how to build a defense that protects you against the charges and the possibility of deportation.
I am attorney David S. Kestenbaum. I have been practicing criminal law for more than 30 years. From 1985 to 1992, I was a prosecutor in Van Nuys. I know our local courts and how to build strong cases in them. I take a proactive approach for my clients, and I can help you. Over the years, I have built a record of success that has been recognized in my AV Preeminent peer-review rating* through Martindale-Hubbell and my selection for inclusion on the California Super Lawyers list every year since 2014.
For a highly effective defense against theft charges, turn to Kestenbaum Law Group.
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