Los Angeles burglary crimes can lead to serious fines, probation and years in prison. A Los Angeles criminal defense attorney is absolutely necessary for anyone facing a burglary charge. In Los Angeles, where celebrities walk down the street, attorneys defend people charged in crimes involving celebrities all the time. Actress Lindsay Lohan's Hollywood Hills home was burglarized this past Sunday. Police reports of the incident claim the actress arrived at her home around 3 a.m. and noticed some of her belongings were missing. Lohan reportedly called her father, who then called the Los Angeles Police Department at around 6:30. According to both the actress mother and father, a safe that had been attached to a wall, a few watches and several articles of clothing were taken.Michael Lohan also believes that the theft was an inside job as his daughter's employees had failed to arm the home's burglar alarm before they had left for the evening. Video surveillance of the home reportedly shows three men breaking into the actress' home. Lohan had previously also reported an attempted robbery to Los Angeles police this past May. Video surveillance at the time showed that the would-be burglars were apparently scared off when the home's burglar alarm began to sound. In a large city such as Los Angeles, there are all types of theft that can occur. Crimes such as shoplifting, or theft where the value of items taken is less than $400 are classified as petty theft. For a first offense, petty theft is generally considered a misdemeanor criminal offense and is punishable by a fine and/or between one and three years of probation. In the case of the burglary of Lohan's home, the value of the stolen items most likely exceeds $400 and can constitute grand theft. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the theft, it may be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Upon conviction for grand theft, a defendant can expect up to 16 months in either a county jail or a state prison, probation or parole, fines, community service and restitution as punishment, or any combination of all five. If you have been charged with theft or burglary in Los Angeles, call the attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP today. Our attorneys have courtroom experience in successfully defending against theft and burglary charges. Call us today to begin preparing your defense. Tagged as: california criminal laws
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