Los Angeles Receiving Stolen Property Attorney
LA Criminal Lawyer for Theft Crime Offenses
Receiving stolen property (Penal Code section 496) is a “wobbler,” meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. In order to convict you of receiving stolen property, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you (1) bought or received stolen property and (2) that you knew the property was stolen at the time you bought or received it. You can also be convicted of receiving stolen property by selling or aiding and abetting in the selling of stolen property.
Legal Penalties for Receiving Stolen Property
Usually, if you value of the property is less than $400, you can be convicted of a misdemeanor offense which can carry a legal penalty of up to one year in the county jail and a fine. If you have prior theft crime convictions, the penalties will normally be more severe. A felony conviction could result in one year in jail. The determining factors include the value of the stolen property and your prior criminal record.
If you have been charged with receiving or possessing stolen property, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you knew the property was stolen when you received it. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys will aggressively challenge the evidence, police report, and witness statements. Our experience has taught us that is quite possible a defendant had no prior knowledge that property was stolen when they took possession of it. Over our decades of experience in criminal law, we have successfully defended countless clients who were facing any type of theft offense. Defending on the value of the property and the specific circumstances of the case, we may be able to help you avoid a conviction, thus eliminating any jail time or associated fines.
Contact a Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles
At Eisner Gorin LLP, our defense attorneys have been practicing law in California for many decades. We are a well-established law firm and have earned the respect of local prosecutors and judges throughout all Los Angeles County Courts. When you call our office for your free case evaluation, we will take any time necessary to go over the details of you case and advise you of your legal options. By contacting us early on in your case, you are giving yourself the best chance of a favorable outcome. Our lawyers will aggressively pursue all options to keep your freedom intact. If you guilt is not in question, we are proven courtroom negotiators and may be able to get your charges reduced to a lesser crime. We can also seek sentencing alternatives to keep you out of jail.
We handle any type of theft crime offense in all LA County, Ventura County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County courts. We specialize in the San Fernando Valley courtrooms, including Van Nuys, San Fernando, Burbank, and Glendale.
Contact a Los Angeles receiving stolen property lawyer at our law firm for effective legal representation against your charges.