DEDICATED EXPERIENCED DEFENSE LAWYER FOR PETTY THEFT
A skilled defense lawyer with over 25 years of experience protects the rights of his clients and gets the best possible results in court.
The most important thing the defense lawyer does is keep the client’s record clean.
Note: You may never have to appear in court. The defense lawyer does all the work in court to resolve the case as quickly and successfully as possible.
STRATEGIES THE LAWYER USES TO HELP HIS CLIENT
Most people charged with petty theft are not put in jail. Typically, they receive a citation, a “Notice to Appear,” or a letter from the San Diego County District Attorney to go to court.
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 with an agreement on sentencing to avoid time in jail, reduce the fine, and allow community service.
To get an excellent plea bargain, the attorney 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.
Jury trial may be successful to prove that a client accused of committing a crime did not intend to commit the crime, did not steal any property, or do anything wrong.
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.
A way to defend an accusation of theft is by showing that the person who is accused of committing the crime may not have intended to commit the crime.
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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