Claremont police arrested two women on suspicion of grand theft after they allegedly left a local optometry shop with nearly $10,000 worth of Chanel sunglasses. Police were provided with the license plate number of the suspect vehicle, and shortly after the theft was reported, the women were stopped in the suspect vehicle and arrested. Brandy Valentine, 30, and Jennifer Hickman, 33, both of Los Angeles, were arrested shortly after entering the 10 Freeway. Hickman was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
In addition, two women who were in the car with Valentine and Hickman were also arrested. Destaney Tillis, 18, of Los Angeles was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Christina Smith, 33, also of Los Angeles was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Police recovered the stolen merchandise and employees of the optometry business identified Valentine and Hickman as the two women who stole the sunglasses.
Grand theft lawyer
A grand theft charge in California is usually filed when a theft involves the loss of property valued at $950 or more. In addition, the same charges can be levied against someone who removes property directly from a person (as in a necklace or ring), as well as thefts that involve firearms and automobiles, regardless of the value of the stolen property.
Grand theft charges can carry special enhancements, too. If the value of the stolen property exceeds certain thresholds ($65,000, $200,000, $1.3M or $3.2M) a conviction can result in additional sentences of 1, 2, 3 or 4 years, respectively.
Under California law, you can also face multiple counts and individual sentences for each count, depending upon the circumstances of your case. An experienced grand theft lawyer may be able to get multiple grand theft counts reduced to a single count, or dropped altogether.
If you’ve been accused of theft, grand theft, Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience defending Southern Californians against grand theft charges, and will fight aggressively on your behalf to get charges against you reduced or dropped.
Robert Helfend handles each case personally, so you won’t be shuffled to junior members of the staff who don’t have extensive criminal defense experience. You’ll always work directly with Mr. Helfend, and you’ll soon see the value in working directly with the attorney who will be representing you in court.
Sometimes, it’s not possible to get charges reduced or dropped. In that case, Mr. Helfend will work together with the Prosecutor’s Office to find an equitable resolution to your case. Resolution may include a plea agreement or an alternative sentence in lieu of jail time. No reputable attorney can promise you a specific result, but Mr. Helfend will always work hard to achieve the best possible outcome.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County grand theft case.
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