Posted on: November 6, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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Orange Country criminal defense lawyerCalifornia Penal Code 496

California harshly penalizes defendants convicted of buying, receiving, hiding, selling, or otherwise keeping from its owner any property that they know is stolen property. If you are charged in Orange County with receiving or possessing stolen property, obtain high-quality defense representation as quickly as you can – contact an experienced Orange Country criminal defense lawyer immediately. Insist on your right to remain silent, do not try to act as your own attorney, and do not plead guilty before consulting with an experienced defense attorney. Instead, fight the charge with help from a lawyer who will investigate the case on your behalf, determine the truth, and advocate aggressively for the justice you need and deserve.

In California, the crime of receiving or possessing stolen property may be prosecuted as either a felony or as a misdemeanor. A conviction on the felony charge is punishable by 16 to 36 months behind bars and a fine of up to $10,000. A conviction on the misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If you intended to return the property, or if you took or obtained the property by mistake – or while intoxicated – with no criminal intent, your lawyer will explain your intent and in some cases will be able to have the charge dismissed. If your case goes to trial, your attorney will explain what happened and ask for justice from a jury of your peers.

Witnesses forget details and evidence deteriorates or disappears if you don’t act swiftly. If you are charged with receiving or possessing stolen property in Orange County or anywhere else in southern California under California Penal Code 496, put a reliable attorney on the case right away. In fact, if you are charged with any theft or theft-related crime – robbery, burglary, auto theft, shoplifting, or embezzlement – make the call immediately to an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer.

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