Theft / Shoplifting


If you have been accused of theft or shoplifting in Orange County, California, it’s essential to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. The consequences of a conviction can be severe, including fines, probation, and even jail time.

Sal Ciulla is an Orange County theft attorney with over 35 years of experience in handling theft and shoplifting cases. He is committed to providing his clients with the legal representation they need to achieve the best possible outcome.

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Understanding Theft and Shoplifting Charges

Under California law, theft is defined as the act of taking someone else’s property without their consent, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of its use or possession. Shoplifting is a specific form of theft that involves stealing merchandise from a retail establishment. In Orange County, theft of property or money with a value greater than $400 is considered grand theft and may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. All other theft is classified as petty theft.

Penalties for Theft and Shoplifting in Orange County

The punishment for theft and shoplifting in Orange County can vary depending on the circumstances of the case. Factors such as the value of the loss, the defendant’s criminal history, and the presence of aggravating factors can influence the severity of the charges and the potential penalties. In general, grand theft is a more serious offense than petty theft and can result in steeper fines, longer probationary periods, and even prison time. A skilled Orange County theft attorney can help you understand the potential consequences of your charges and work to minimize their impact on your life.

Defending Against Theft and Shoplifting Charges

If you are facing theft or shoplifting charges in Orange County, it’s important to have a strong defense strategy in place. Sal Ciulla is an experienced Orange County theft attorney who understands the complexities of theft cases and has a track record of success in defending clients against theft and shoplifting charges. He will work closely with you to understand the specifics of your case, investigate the evidence against you, and build a compelling defense that protects your rights and freedom.

Sal Ciulla also recognizes that theft and shoplifting charges are often symptomatic of deeper emotional or psychological issues or addictions. He will take the time to understand the root causes of your behavior and use this information to advocate for alternative sentencing options such as rehabilitation or therapy, rather than harsher punishments like incarceration.

Contact an Orange County Theft Attorney Today

If you are facing theft or shoplifting charges in Orange County, don’t wait to get the legal representation you need. Sal Ciulla is an experienced Orange County theft attorney who can help protect your rights and fight for your freedom. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how our team can assist you with your case.

Recent Victory

People v. Alice S.  Defendant, a 40 year old woman was charged with shoplifting baby clothes from a department store.  Her youngest child was 10 years old. She had been convicted of shoplifting three prior times.  The prosecutor was seeking one year in jail.  Investigation revealed that in each of the previous thefts baby items were stolen. Further investigation and psychological testing revealed that defendant had suffered a traumatic birth miscarriage several years earlier and at times felt uncontrollably compelled to steal baby items.  Defendant agreed to counseling and all theft charges were dismissed.

People v. Courtney K.  Defendant, a high school senior, enters department store with tool to remove sensor tags from clothing.  She conceals over $800 worth of clothing in large bag after removing the sensors.  She was arrested exiting the store and charged with burglary (entering the store with the intent to steal) and grand theft.  Background information of defendant presented to the court resulted in all charges dismissed.

People v. Jennifer S.  Defendant charged with felony grand theft for unauthorized use of credit card.  Loss: $16,000.  Prosecutor sought 16 months state prison.  Evidence of defendant’s drug addiction and unstable family history presented to court.  Result:  No jail.


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