The Law Offices of Lucy S. McAllister have defended hundreds of defendants charged with crimes including theft, robbery, burglary and fraud (internet crimes, identity theft) each of which are governed by its own provision of the California Penal Code.
Burglary, governed by PC 459, is the entering of a building or residence with the intention to commit a theft or any felonious crime and does not require that property be stolen or that any person-to-person interaction takes place. Theft (PC 484) differs from robbery in that theft is a taking property that does not involve person-to-person interaction. Robbery (PC 211) is a taking of property that does involve person-to-person interaction with force, intimidation, and/or coercion. Burglary and theft can be misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances whereas all robberies are considered felonies and California’s three strikes law applies.
Fraud including Internet crimes and Identity Theft crimes are covered under fraud statutes. Identity theft is a criminal offense that is defined as using another person’s identifying information without consent for fraudulent purposes. Under California Penal Code Section 530.5, identity theft is a serious crime that can carry misdemeanor or felony length prison sentences.
Penal Code 502 governs internet crimes protecting individuals, businesses, and governmental agencies from the tampering of, interference with, damage of, and unauthorized access to lawfully created computer data and computer systems.
The Law Offices of Lucy S. McAllister provide criminal defense to people living in the San Francisco Bay Area. We vigorously defend Californians who have been charged or accused of criminal offenses, including theft and fraud.