Carlsbad Police investigate theft cases in Carlsbad, however, California Highway Patrol may be involved in auto theft cases. The most common theft reported is the petty theft or shoplift. This offense usually involves the theft of retail merchandise valued $950 or less. There are also more serious thefts which are usually felonies involving commercial burglary, embezzlement, fraud, identity theft and also residential burglary which is always a felony and a strike under the three strikes law.
Most shoplift cases are first handled by the store security guards who detain the suspected individual, call the police and write reports for the police. Security guards also provide statements, video and other evidence to the police when they arrive. The police then interview the witnesses, gather evidence from security, talk with the subject, also write a report then cite and release the detained person if they feel there is suffcient evidence to recommend charges be filed by the District Attorney..
Theft of mechandise $950 or under is a misdemeanor which carries up to 6 months custody and $1000 fine maximum. grand theft involves more than $950. It is also a crime of moral turpitude and be a problem for employment, occupational licenses, security clearances, immigration and acceptance to different educational and vocational programs.
Talking with a Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible after an arrest or cite is important to help you understand the criminal justice system, defenses, and possible resolutions which could include lesser charges or penalties. Call Attorneys Nicholas and William Christoph at 760-941-5720 for a free inital consultation. We have been located across from Vista Courts for over 34 years, providing the highest level of personal and professional represntation in Criminal cases.