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At the Law Office of Sara Azari in Los Angeles, you will find a criminal defense attorney who is committed to protecting the rights of and aggressively pursuing justice for her clients. Sara Azari has successfully represented clients in a range of criminal cases in both state and federal courts.

 

333 S. Hope Street, 40th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90071

THEFT

 

A conviction for theft, robbery, burglary, or embezzlement charges can have a permanent negative impact on a person's life. In addition to the potential for a hefty jail or prison sentence, those convicted of theft charges may face challenges when seeking employment as well as social stigmatization that make it nearly impossible to live a normal life. Those who are not citizens of the United States may also face deportation charges and inadmissibility to the country as a result of a conviction.  

 

If you are being investigated or have been charged with a theft crime, contact the Law Office of Sara Azari immediately. Ms. Azari will fight zealously to ensure that you achieve the best possible defense and outcome in your case.

Burglary

Burglary requires unauthorized entry onto a property, including a vehicle, belonging to someone else, with the intention of committing a felony. 

  • Residential burglaries require entry into homes, trailers, hotel rooms, camping tents and any other location that may be deemed habitable under the law. 

  • Commercial burglaries require that an entry be made onto a business with the intent of committing a theft and/or felony. Theft from a retail store is a common example of commercial burglary.

 

Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting involves replicating an item or items, such as money or designer goods, with the intent to pass the replicas off as genuine. Common examples of counterfeiting include:

 

  • Forgery, including falsifying a person’s signature

  • Creating false documents

  • Manufacturing, trafficking, or possessing (with the intent to distribute) false or modified currency, postage stamps, or U.S. securities

 

Counterfeiting is often associated with other crimes, including real estate fraud and identity theft, and is punishable by fines, imprisonment, probation, house arrest, and community service. 

 

Embezzlement

Embezzlement occurs when a person uses money or property that was legally entrusted to them by the owner in a way that was not authorized or intended. A typical embezzlement case involves a banker or accountant taking money from a client's account and using it for his or herself. Another example involves the employee-employer relationship in which the employee misappropriates money from his/her employer. The key difference between embezzlement and other theft crimes is that the embezzler has legal possession of the property. It is the misuse or misappropriation of the property that is a crime. Embezzled property is not simply moved to another location, its theft must also represent a serious interference and permanent loss to the true owner.

 

Embezzled gains may range in value from a few dollars to millions, and charges may carry severe penalties depending on the circumstances.  In embezzlement cases, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused:

 

  • Took property or assets that he or she had a right to possess but not to misappropriate

  • Had established a trusting relationship with the victim

  • Used fraud or misappropriation

  • Exercised intent

 

Embezzlement schemes can come in many forms, including:

 

  • Falsification of records to conceal theft

  • Under-reporting income and pocketing the difference

  • Establishing false vendor accounts and supplying false bills for goods and services

  • An employee who has access to an employer's financial books or checks and takes money

 

Identity Theft

Identity theft is the illegal use of another individual’s identity often for financial gain or profit. Some common examples of identity theft include using another person’s credit card to make purchases over the Internet, forging a signature on a check, and applying for a credit card using another person’s name. More and more common today, identity theft is generally divided into four categories:

 

  • Financial Identity Theft: The use of another’s identity to obtain material goods and services (in person or through the use of the Internet).

 

  • Criminal Identity Theft: Pretending to be another person when arrested for a crime.

 

  • Identity Cloning: The use of another person’s identifying information in everyday life.

 

  • Business or Commercial Identity Theft: The use of another party’s business identity to obtain credit. 

 

Robbery

Robbery requires the taking of someone else's property by force or fear. Common forms of robbery include convenience store hold-ups, purse snatching, muggings, and bank robberies. Often, conduct that would customarily lead to a petty theft charge (for example, taking a small item of low value) leads to the filing of robbery charges if it is alleged that the accused used force when confronted by store security personnel. What distinguishes robbery from other charges such as burglary or theft is the event of confrontation and the use of force or fear. 

 

Robbery can be first-degree (in an inhabited dwelling, cab or bus, or at an ATM banking location) or second-degree (all other types of robbery) and can be further classified into armed or aggravated robbery. Armed robbery involves the use of a weapon, while aggravated robbery involves the use of a deadly weapon or an object that might be construed as a deadly weapon, or a threat of bodily injury.

 

Theft

Theft is characterized as the stealing or taking of another person's property with the intent to permanently deprive them of such property. In California, many similar crimes have been consolidated under the broader theft category, of which there are currently two classifications:

 

  • Grand theft: When the total value of property taken exceeds $1000, the crime qualifies as grand theft.  Depending on the circumstances, a grand theft charge may be classified as either misdemeanor or felony.  

 

  • Petty theft: If a theft does not rise to the level of grand theft described above, it is considered petty theft. Petty theft is most often classified as a misdemeanor.  However, the crime is not to be taken lightly. Repeated petty theft charges following a conviction can be filed as felonies.