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Residential Burglary (Penal Code section 459) – Orange County

There are two degrees of burglary in California – first degree for residential burglary and second degree for all others. Residential burglary, sometimes commonly referred to as “breaking and entering,” is the unauthorized entry into a residence (which can include things like motel rooms, apartments and condominiums as well as single family houses) with the […]

Theft & Shoplifting – FAQ (Orange County theft defense)

I have spoken with several people who have asked what the differences between petty theft, shoplifting and burglary are.  While all these theft crimes are related, how they’re charged, what the prosecution must prove and the consequences vary, depending on the charge. Petty Theft (Penal Code section 484 or 488) This is a “basic” theft […]