Erica M. Bansmer, Esq., is the Stockton Theft Lawyer You Can Trust!
Getting arrested in California is never easy, but getting arrested for theft is even worse – depending on the nature of the goods you stole, you could be facing an extensive jail sentence, punitive fines, and a felony conviction that will follow you for the rest of your life. For this reason, you need to contact the premier Stockton theft lawyer – Erica M. Bansmer, Esq. – the minute you’ve been arrested. As a Stockton theft lawyer who has served its residents, faithfully, for more than a decade, Erica M. Bansmer, Esq., will rigorously defend your rights and get you the justice you deserve.
Why do you need a Stockton theft lawyer?
California laws on theft are, to say the least, very complicated.
Under the statute, theft of any kind is a crime. However, theft doesn’t just involve the stealing of real property or money. Rather, you can be arrested and charged with theft if you are suspected of stealing anything from real estate to stealing someone’s time they provided in exchange for work.
That’s right: if you fail to pay someone for the services that they rendered, you can be arrested and charged with theft.
But there are other reasons why you’ll need a Stockton theft lawyer like Erica M. Bansmer, Esq., if you’ve been arrested: for one, an attorney will be able to help you negotiate a plea deal. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we cannot get the charges against you dismissed. So, the best one can do in this circumstance is to get a plea deal, where – in exchange for pleading guilty to a lesser charge that will not affect you as negatively in the long run – you will serve a lesser sentence, and/or pay a lesser fine.
There’s another reason why a Stockton theft lawyer like Erica M. Bansmer, Esq., will help you: she can look at the finer details of your specific case, and determine – based on a loophole, an error in the filing, or something else that proves your innocence – if your case can be dismissed. Other possible defenses include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
- Permission – you can prove that you had the rightful owner’s permission to have the property or money.
- Lack of intent – if you were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, you can prove that you didn’t have any intent to steal the items you’re accused of stealing.
- Claim of ownership – if you can prove that, in fact, the property and/or the money belongs to you, you can get the case against you dismissed.
For more information on how Erica M. Bansmer, Esq., can serve as the Stockton theft lawyer you can trust, contact us today.