Depending on the value of the stolen property, a theft charge can be a misdemeanor or a felony. Either way, a conviction for theft will follow a person their entire life and could make it difficult to get into college, get the job he or she wants, or even move into the apartment of his or her choice. Even misdemeanor thefts are considered “crimes of moral turpitude”, and as such carry with them consequences other misdemeanor charges do not. There is no such thing as a “minor” theft conviction. Whether shoplifting, auto theft, or anything in between, if you have been arrested for any type of theft you need a criminal defense attorney who can guide you through the legal system and help you avoid a conviction. If your case needs to go to trail, or if you are eligible for diversionary programs designed to give someone a second chance, the Luster Law Firm can help.