Santa Barbara Attorney Defends Clients Accused of Theft Crimes
California lawyer helps those charged with robbery, burglary and larceny
Law Office of Allen A. Bifano works hard to defend those who have been accused of theft crimes. I am experienced in defending against all types of criminal charges in both state and federal courts. I work with my clients to develop a defense strategy in order to reduce the likelihood of any possible punishments. I work with prosecutors to get my clients’ charges dropped or reduced. When that doesn’t work, I present a solid defense at trial.
Understanding Santa Barbara theft crime charges
There are a wide variety of criminal charges associated with theft. These charges vary by where the property was taken, how it was acquired, the value of the property and whether violence was involved. Theft is the taking of property. Depending on the value of the property, it may be considered petty theft or grand theft and may be a misdemeanor or a felony. This type of charge is usually associated with crimes like shoplifting. It is sometimes called larceny. A charge of burglary is common in cases where someone is accused of breaking into a home or business. When someone takes money that they have been entrusted with, it is usually considered embezzlement. Each state’s laws are different and your Santa Barbara defense attorney will help you understand the charges against you.
Charges often become more serious when they are accompanied by an accusation of violence. Muggings and other crimes where property is taken directly from a person usually result in a charge of robbery or armed robbery. The theft of a car is often considered carjacking when the owner or driver is present. I help clients build a defense against all types of theft charges.
Using a variety of tactics to defend our clients against theft charges
Those who have been charged with theft crimes in California should not give up hope. I will challenge every possible piece of evidence to avoid having it admitted to trial. I will oppose all possible motions by the prosecution and work to discredit witnesses who are called to testify against you. I will challenge police procedure if your rights were violated during the investigation or your arrest. When possible, I will present evidence proving your alibi and showing that you did not commit the crime. When necessary, I will work with forensic experts to help discredit the prosecution’s case.
Defendants in theft cases often face the prospect of serious criminal punishment. They may be forced to pay restitution to the person they are accused of stealing from. Theft crimes often come with the threat of jail time or prison sentences. In cases where I cannot establish innocence, I am able to get these charges and penalties reduced to probation.
If you have been charged with theft, burglary or robbery, call today.
Law Office of Allen A. Bifano provides experienced and skilled defense to those accused of theft crimes such as robbery, burglary, embezzlement and carjacking. Call 805-882-1307 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my Santa Barbara office.