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Charged with Theft by False Pretenses in Los Angeles?

If it is alleged that you convinced another party to voluntarily give up an item of value based on false pretenses, you could be facing serious legal consequences. To build a powerful defense case against the charge, it imperative you have the support of knowledgeable, experienced Los Angeles theft by false pretenses lawyers. At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP in Los Angeles, we are honored to be recognized for our legal work in challenging financial crime cases. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we could get started on building a defense case – and time is of the essence. We make it our priority to pursue the most favorable outcome in the cases we take on. Call us today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a free case review with a knowledgeable member of our team.

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What is Theft by False Pretenses?

False pretense theft crimes can cover a wide range of conduct. Legally, if you used any words, tokens, acts, or symbols with the intent to deceive another party into giving up money, property, or other items of value, under state law, this is considered theft by false pretenses.

To obtain a conviction, the prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • You purposefully deceived another party with false pretenses
  • The intention behind your deceit was to obtain the other party’s property
  • The other party gave you their property based on false pretenses
  • After receiving the property, your intention was to either keep it or hold onto it for an extended time

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What is the Motive Behind Theft by False Pretense Crimes?

Theft by false pretense crimes involve elements of fraud. The motive behind such crimes is to obtain another party’s property, whether money or another item of value. You must have successfully obtained the property to be convicted of this crime.

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Misdemeanor or Felony?

Depending on the total value of the property involved in your case, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. If the property was valued at $950 or less, it will be considered petty theft, resulting in up to 6 months in county jail and up to $1,000 in fines. If the value of the stolen property is worth more than $950, you may face grand theft charges, which can either be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony. You could face up to 3 years in prison if convicted of a felony.

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Defenses for Theft by False Pretenses

If you were charged with committing theft by false pretenses, there are several defense strategies that could be effective. The prosecuting attorney must prove the act was intentional, which is an exceptionally difficult element to prove. It may be argued that you did not intend to deceive and that you believed you acted truthfully. Since another crucial element in this crime involves the victim’s reliance on the false information you provided, it may also be argued that the false statements you made did not cause the alleged victim to give you any property or items of value.

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Speak to a Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles

Facing criminal charges for theft by false pretenses can be serious, particularly in felony charges. Having experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys on your side raises the chances of achieving a positive outcome. It is imperative that you reach out to Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP immediately if you are under investigation or facing charges of theft by false pretenses. You can count on us to use our resources, knowledge, and skill to build a strong defense on your behalf. Call our law office today at (213) 688-0460 for a free consultation.

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