A 41-year-old homeless Ventura man will spend 60 days in the Ventura County Jail for theft. The suspect pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft after stealing two bicycles locked to a bike rack on a parked car. He stole the bikes from the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center in Ventura in September.
Witnesses called the police to report the crime. Officers in the area located the suspect a short distance from the shopping center, along with the stolen bikes. They also found burglary tools in the man’s possession. The officers contacted the bikes’ owner, who confirmed that the stolen property belonged to him.
In addition to the 60-day jail sentence, the man must pay fines and restitution. He must also complete 36 months of probation following his release. He remained jailed following his arrest, so he will complete his jail sentence later this month.
Ventura grand theft lawyer
When you face criminal charges for stealing, hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Theft laws in California are complex. The severity of the charges against you is often related to the value of the stolen property. Prosecutors can charge some thefts independently of the value of the stolen property.
That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced theft lawyer as part of your defense strategy. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. In California, avoiding a history of felony convictions is important, since it can lead to lifetime incarceration. Don’t assume that you have no options when you’re facing felony charges. Also, don’t attempt to defend yourself. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you in court.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura theft case.
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