Theft cases up with the poor economy


Theft cases seem to be in the news more and more with the poor economy. Most recently, Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi was charged with felony grand theft. The Castro Valley assemblywoman was allegedly caught on video surveillance stealing more than $ 2,000 worth of merchandise from San Francisco’s Neiman Marcus. The Assemblywoman has been in office since 2006 and she is also married to Judge Dennis Hayashi (Alameda Superior Court Judge).


The Assemblywoman was stopped by Neiman Marcus’ loss prevention on Tuesday after she left the store. She was carrying a shopping bag with three items worth more than $ 2,000 that did not have a receipt. The items were a black skirt, leather pants, and a white blouse.


The Assemblywoman is facing grand theft charges. The maximum exposure for these charges is three years of state prison. However, it is likely that she will not be facing the maximum because this crime is her first arrest.


Theft crimes are serious and can carry many years of prison depending on the number of priors that a defendant has, the cost of the items stolen, and the status of the defendant (whether he is on parol or probation…).


If you have been arrested for theft crimes, it is important that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney to minimize the amount of exposure you could be facing. If you have been arrested in Northern California for a theft crime, give Ginny Walia Law Offices a call for a free initial consultation (510) 887-5910.


In addition to theft crimes, the attorneys at Ginny Walia Law Offices also handles numerous other crimes that have been on the rise with the poor economy. The most common crimes that we see are DUI’s, battery, domestic violence, traffic tickets, and theft. Feel free to call us any time at the above number or check out our website at 

Attorney J. Robert Mortland, Esq. works Of Counsel at Ginny Walia Law Offices