Theft crime defenses come in many varieties that depend upon the circumstances of the case.
A skilled theft crime defense attorney with over 25 years of successful court experience, David Pflaum protects rights of his clients gets the best possible results for his clients.
Just because a person was cited or arrested for a theft crime does not mean that he or she is guilty. The accused has rights and remedies. Get the right defender on your side to make a difference in the outcome of a theft crime prosecution.
HOW THE CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER HELPS BEFORE COURT
Theft accusations come in many varieties such as the following. The best defense will depend on the criminal accusation.
- Petty theft
- Grand theft
- Identify theft
Many people charged with a theft offense are not in jail or custody. They receive a Notice to Appear in court, a citation or a letter from the San Diego County District Attorneys office.
Bring the Notice to Appear, citation or letter to the initial consultation with Mr. Pflaum to discuss the case and figure out the best strategy to get the right results in your case.
Get Out of Jail: If the client is in jail, there are several ways attorney Pflaum helps him or her get out of jail as soon as possible before the first court date, or during the first court date at the arraignment.
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Client Interview: Help begins by talking to the client during the initial consultation and learning everything about the client’s current status and background, about what happened to cause a theft accusation to arise, what the evidence might be, whether there were witnesses, what the accused might have said to to store security agents or the police, video surveillance of the incident, and proof (if any) of financial loss.
Contact the Prosecutor’s Office: Depending upon the type of charge a client might be facing, and the date for the first court appearance, Mr. Pflaum gets vital information about the case, like witness statements, photographs, video recordings, and sometimes even statements from a victim.
The defense lawyer delivers the most important information to the prosecutor’s office as soon as possible with the goal of persuading the prosecutor’s office not to file any criminal charges or to reduce the charges.
STRATEGIES THE LAWYER USES TO HELP HIS CLIENT IN COURT
There are many ways to defend an accusation of a theft crime and get the best possible results, either by way of plea negotiations or by jury trial.
Plea Bargain: A plea bargain is an agreement between the judge, prosecutor and the defense to reduce or dismiss the charges with an agreement on sentencing that should avoid jail time and offer other favorable terms and conditions.
To get a good plea bargain, the attorney gathers important information about the client and the case and makes a presentation of the strengths of the client’s case, and weaknesses of the prosecutions case, to the prosecutor and judge to have the original charges dismissed or reduced.
The plea bargaining process can occur at arraignment, pretrial conferences, or later as the case goes through the court system.
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Victim Cooperation: If the victim of the alleged theft is willing to cooperate with the accused, particularly if restitution is paid, this may be very helpful.
As a result the defense attorney may convince the prosecutor to do an excellent plea bargain that benefits the client by eliminating or reducing the criminal charges.
Civil Compromise: Other times a person charged with misdemeanor theft charges may arrange to enter into a civil compromise with the shop owner to dismiss the charges. This is a complicated procedure that requires an agreement between the victim of the crime and the accused, as well as approval from the prosecution or the judge.
Jury Trial: A jury trial may be successful to prove that a client accused of committing a theft crime is not guilty.
The best type of trial defense depends upon many different factors including the nature of the criminal charge, the existence or non-existence of evidence, the quality of the evidence, the client’s background, the police investigation, the testimony of witnesses, forensic experts, physical evidence, DNA, and other issues that may arise through the course of the trial.
Defenses. Typical defenses at trial may include the following assertions.
- The accused did not intend to steal anything
- Improper eye witness identification
- There is no motive to steal
- There is no forensic accounting to prove a loss
- The evidence is inconclusive
- The accused had no criminal intent
- The witnesses are not believable
- The witness has a motive to lie
- There was no use of force
- The video surveillance shows no act of concealment
- The loss prevention officer is not credible
- The accused had the money to pay for the item
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