Last month, a woman drove off with another person’s car at a Simi Valley car wash. Simi Valley police arrested the woman following a traffic stop shortly after the incident. She faces charges of grand theft in the incident.
According to police the lawful owner of the vehicle stopped at a car wash. The owner, a Simi Valley woman, asked the attendant to get her vehicle for her. The attendant retrieved the vehicle and encountered a woman, whom he gave the keys to.
Immediately after the woman drove away, the attendant realized that vehicle owner was still at the car wash. He had inadvertently given the vehicle to someone else. The owner reported the vehicle stolen, and Simi Valley police spotted the car shortly afterward. They arrested the driver, who was returning to the car wash to retrieve a purse that she had left behind.
The woman received a felony reduction, and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Unlawful Driving or Taking of a Vehicle. She received a sentence of time served, but must successfully complete three years of conditional revocable release.
Simi Valley theft lawyer
This case provides a good example of how an experienced Simi Valley theft lawyer can help reduce the severity of the charges against a client. California law provides a range of opportunities for non-violent offenders to avoid collecting felony convictions. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is your best defense strategy following a Ventura County arrest.
Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years, and takes cases in Ventura County. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.
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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