Theft, Fraud & Embezzlement

Theft charges are often the result of an impulsive, once-in-a-lifetime mistake or the result of an inadvertent accident. At White Goldstein we believe that poor judgment, or bad luck should not result in permanent, life-altering consequences. If you believe that you will face felony charges, or misdemeanor charges, stemming from theft-related conduct, then contact White Goldstein for a free, confidential consultation. We have the most experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyers in Southern California: (877) 77 WE-WIN or (877) 779-3946.

Theft is the taking of another person's property without his or her consent. Theft, forgery, and fraudulent check writing can all be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. (These type of charges are called “wobblers.”) However, if the alleged amount of loss, or alleged amount of property taken is substantial, then it is very probable that you will face felony charges.

White Collar crimes are a specific category of theft crimes involving business organizations, companies, and the employees within them. These cases are very complicated and often involve a substantial financial loss, which occurs through theft, fraud, or other illegal means. White collar crimes may be prosecuted by state or federal agencies.

Furthermore, white collar crimes have increasing visibility in today's world. Many professionals, such as a stockbroker accused of fraud, will need top criminal defense attorneys to defend against these type of charges. At White Goldstein, we provide the best possible theft or white collar defense available to you. We employ a team of experts such as forensic accountants, forensic computer analysts, and private investigators to help build your case.

Common theft crimes and white collar crimes include: shoplifting (petty theft), grand theft, burglary, robbery, armed robbery, grand theft, grand theft auto, credit card fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, larceny, fraud, fraudulent check writing (bad checks), forgery, money laundering, pyramid schemes (ponzi schemes), counterfeiting, embezzlement, tax evasion, RICO, extortion, computer crimes, and bribery.

At White Goldstein, the best criminal defense lawyers Southern California has to offer, we will help you strategize about possible defenses to theft and white collar accusations, including, mistake of fact, business relationships gone awry, and simple human error.

See the case victories section below for examples of our outstanding theft, fraud, and embezzlement case results.

While the penalties for theft crimes and white collar crimes vary greatly, the penalties for embezzlement, forgery, and writing bad checks, as well as the majority of theft-related and white collar offenses, include state or federal prison, large amounts of restitution, court fines, community service, formal probation, informal probation, and/or parole.

The amount of loss alleged will affect the amount of time you face in prison. The more substantial the loss, the more amount of prison time that you will face. If you are under investigation, or are facing theft or white collar charges, call White Goldstein today for a free, confidential consultation: (877) 77 WE-WIN or (877) 779-3946.

The top criminal defense attorneys at White Goldstein have extensive experience with handling theft, fraud, embezzlement and and white collar crime cases throughout California including Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Santa Barbara County, San Diego County, and Ventura County.

In Los Angeles County, White Goldstein routinely handles theft, fraud, & embezzlement cases in:

Airport Court (LAX), Alhambra, Antelope Valley (Lancaster), Antelope Valley Juvenile, Bellfower, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Catalina, Central Arraignment (Bauchet), Compton, Downtown Los Angeles (CCB), Downey, East Los Angeles, Eastlake Juvenile, El Monte, Glendale, Hollywood, Inglewood, Inglewood Juvenile, Long Beach, Malibu, Metropolitan (Hill Street), Newhall, Norwalk, Pasadena, Pomona, Torrance, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita (Valencia), Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier.

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Theft, Fraud, and Embezzlement Case Victories

Charges: Commercial Burglary and Grand Theft

Potential Punishment: 4 years in prison
Outstanding Result: Probation and community service in lieu of any jail or prison time

This was a particularly great result because client was also on probation for a theft offense at the time of this alleged offense.

Charges: Fraud, Burglary, and Receiving Stolen Property

Potential Punishment: 4 ½ years prison
Outstanding Result: All charges dismissed

The defense was able to convince the prosecution that the real problem in this case was drug addiction. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss all charges in exchange for the client's completion of drug counseling.

Charges: Petty Theft

Potential Punishment: 6 months in jail
Outstanding Result: The entire case was dismissed in exchange for a voluntary donation to the courts victim fund

Charges: Grand Theft and Burglary

Potential punishment: 6 years
Outstanding Result: All charges dismissed

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At White Goldstein, we provide our clients, and their loved ones, with nothing less than excellence in criminal defense. Unlike many criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles, we fight for our clients with compassion and emotion as well as intellect and skill because we genuinely care for our clients and their families