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What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for Stealing Gas in California?

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In the past few months, gas prices have become more and more unaffordable. This has resulted in some people stealing gas. Recently, a man in Roseville, California was arrested for swapping gas pumps as part of a scheme to steal gas. According to ABC 10 in Sacramento, a video shows the man taking the nozzle from the other side of the gas pump and switching it with the nozzle on his side of the pump. The move allowed the alleged thief to put gas in his car while the customer on the other side of the pump unknowingly paid for it.

Roseville Police say that it is a scheme that they have caught others attempting to get away with in the past. Police have warned that the incident is part of an increased number of gas thefts they’ve seen pop up lately because of rising gas prices.

What Happens If You’re Convicted of Stealing Gas in California?

In California, gas theft can be categorized as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the details of the case. Details can include the amount of gas you stole, how much the gas was worth, whether you used violence to steal the gas, and whether you have a criminal history. Penalties for stealing gas in California can range from hefty fines to probation to years in prison.

If you’re arrested for stealing gas, you need to find an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you as soon as possible. A criminal defense lawyer has a detailed understanding of the law and the legal system in your area. In addition, they will have likely successfully handled cases like yours in the past. Your attorney should be able to examine your case and help you pursue the best option for your situation.

Discuss Your Situation with Our Experienced Theft Crimes Defense Lawyers Today

At Appel & Morse, our clients are always in excellent hands. Our theft crimes defense attorneys have more than 40 years of combined legal experience. We have an in-depth understanding of criminal law and California’s legal system. We have helped several clients throughout the years avoid legal pitfalls and secure the most favorable outcome possible for their situation, including reduced charges and having charges dismissed.

For more information about what to do if you have been charged with stealing gas, or to speak with our experienced theft crimes defense lawyers, call us at (805) 467-6060 or get in touch with us online today. We offer free, no-obligation consultations, and we’re available to meet weekends and evenings, as well as during regular business hours.

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