David Pflaum is a skilled criminal defense lawyer for grand theft with over 25 years of experience who protects the rights of his clients and gets the best possible results for them in court.
Grand theft, also known as grand larceny, is the theft of money or property valued at more than $950. (See Penal Code section 487).
Grand theft can be charged by the police or the district attorneys office as a misdemeanor or a felony, therefore it is often referred to as a “wobbler.”
Note: If you are charged with a grand theft as a misdemeanor, you may never have to appear in court. The attorney can do all the work to resolve your case.
HOW THE CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER HELPS BEFORE COURT BEGINS
Investigation: If you are under investigation for a crime of grand theft, call attorney Pflaum immediately. He properly advises you about the best way to invoke your constitutional rights and speaks to investigators on your behalf to prevent an arrest or prosecution in court.
Consultation: Most misdemeanors begin with a citation from a police officer to appear in court. This is commonly referred to as a Notice To Appear.
Bring your notice to appear to your consultation with Mr. Pflaum. He will discuss your case with you in detail and figure out the right strategy to get the best possible results.
Most felony cases begin with an arrest and the accused is put in jail where he or she remains until bail is posted or the judge releases the accused.
Get Out of Jail: If the accused is in jail, there are several ways criminal lawyer Pflaum helps him or her get released before the first court date, or during the first court date at the arraignment.
Click on the word “released” in blue above for more valuable information about getting out of jail as soon as possible.
STRATEGIES THE LAWYER USES TO HELP HIS CLIENT IN COURT
The first step in the successful defense of a theft accusation is to meet with the client and to get to know about his or her background and present status, and to find out why he or she thinks there is a theft accusation filed against them.
The attorney also learns everything he can about the facts of the case from the police reports, victim’s statement if any, loss prevention reports, witness accounts, video recordings, surveillance tapes, and other evidence that might be involved in the case.
After the lawyer has all the necessary information, the lawyer goes to court for the first time. This is for an arraignment, which is the first stage of a criminal case. There are many options available at the arraignment in most cases.
Plea Bargain: A plea bargain is an agreement between the client, the criminal defense attorney, the prosecutor and the judge. The goal is to eliminate or reduce the charges, avoid time in jail or provide alternatives to custody, reduce the fines, and provide other favorable terms.
Defense Strengths: Good plea bargains come about because the criminal defense attorney knows his client well, investigates the case, carefully reviews the police reports, examines all the forensic evidence, interviews witnesses, and develops the strengths of a case.
Prosecution Weaknesses: By the same process, the criminal defense attorney also develops weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case such as inconsistencies in witness statements, problems with the arrest or the investigation, and evidence that may be missing or inconclusive.
Effective Presentation: The criminal defense attorney then makes a persuasive presentation about the strengths of his client’s case, and weaknesses of the prosecution’s case, to achieve a plea bargain for his client.
Mr. Pflaum is excellent at doing plea bargains and convincing the prosecutor and judge to agree to a deal that is very favorable to the client.
Jury Trial: A jury trial may be successful to prove that a client accused of committing grand theft did not intend to commit the crime, did not steal any money or property, and did nothing illegal.
The best type of trial defense will depend upon the background of the client, the facts of the case, the type of evidence, and the testimony of witnesses.
One way to defend an accusation of grand theft is by showing that the person who is accused of committing the crime did not have access to the money or property involved in the alleged grand theft. This may be a complete defense and may help to resolve or dismiss the criminal case.
Other typical defenses are lack of specific criminal intent, lack of evidence, lack of motive, and lack of corroboration from witnesses.
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