If you have been charged with a theft offense and there has been an additional petty theft with a prior allegation, it is very important that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away, because this could result in potential prison time.
Penal Code 666 PC is the California statute that defines the crime of petty theft with a prior. Although “petty theft” is not a serious offense, and may be charged as a misdemeanor, Penal Code 666 provides much harsher and heavier penalties if the person has prior convictions on record.
Prior convictions that can lead to sentencing enhancements include but are not limited to:
- Prior theft conviction
- Serving a term in a penal institution
- Prior conviction for violent offense or certain sex crimes.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you defend your rights using facts about crime history, intention, consent, or reasonable belief. Contact The Law Offices of Albert Perez Jr. today for your free consultation at 626-919-1991 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of our team will be happy to assist you.