A skilled criminal defense lawyer for petty theft with over 25 years of experience, David Pflaum protects the rights of his clients and gets the best possible results for them in court.
Just because a client may have been cited or arrested for petty theft does not mean the client must plead guilty.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer like Mr. Pflaum makes a difference in the outcome of a petty theft prosecution.
Note: You may never have to appear in court. The defense lawyer does all the work in court to resolve the case.
STRATEGIES THE LAWYER USES TO HELP HIS CLIENT
Most people charged with petty theft are not put in jail. Typically they receive a “Notice to Appear” from a police officer or a letter from the San Diego County District Attorney. People accused of petty theft are rarely arrested.
Office Consultation. The first step in the successful defense of a petty 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 petty theft accusation filed against them.
The Client. The lawyer gathers helpful information about the client that would be useful in court such as employment status, education, special training, work history, military history, charitable work, physical or mental health reports, letters of reference, and more.
The Case. Next the attorney learns everything he can about the facts of the case from the police reports, victim’s statement, witness accounts, video recordings, surveillance tapes, and other evidence that might be involved in the case.
WHAT THE LAWYER DOES TO HELP HIS CLIENT IN COURT
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 bargaining is an opportunity for the client, with the help and advice of his attorney, to enter into a favorable agreement with the prosecutor and the judge to reduce or dismiss the charges, to avoid time in jail, reduce the fines, and allow community service.
To get an excellent plea bargain attorney Pflaum relies on positive information about the client, the strengths of the client’s case, the weaknesses in the prosecutions case, to make an effective presentation to the prosecutor and judge.
If the plea bargain is acceptable to the client and the defense lawyer, the case is resolved and proceeds to sentencing in accordance with the agreement.
If not the case continues to additional court dates and heads towards a jury trial.
A jury trial may be successful to prove that a client is not guilty.
The best type of defense will depend upon the background of the client, the facts of each case, the type of evidence, and the testimony of witnesses.
The most common defenses at trial are:
- Lack of specific criminal intent to steal
- Lack of evidence
- Lack of motive
- Lack of corroboration
- Improper investigation
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