Immigration Neutral Result Obtained for Client Charged with Grand Theft – a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude for Federal Immigration Purposes!

Our client hired our office after he had been arrested by the Beverly Hills Police Department for allegedly tampering with and stealing a city owned bicycle worth approximately $1,200. Our client was later charged with violating Penal Code section 487, “Grand Theft,” as a misdemeanor.

According to the police reports, the Beverly Hills Police Department received notice that a city owned bicycle had been tampered with or stolen. The city owned bicycles have tracking devices affixed to them and the officers were able to follow the tracking location to our client. Upon contact with our client, the officers located the bicycle and found the lock and chain that was used to secure the bicycle in the sweater pocket of our client. Our client then told officers that he walked by the bicycle numerous times and assumed that no one owned it and decided to steal it. The officers then arrested our client.

After reviewing the police reports and discovery for this matter, we met with our client regarding his recollection of the incident. Our client informed us that he was not a citizen and his goal was to limit the immigration prejudice this arrest and charge would cause him. We then gathered equitable documentation on behalf of our client and presented the prosecution with an equities package detailing our client’s commitment to his employment and his family.

After vigorously negotiating the facts of this case with the prosecution, attorney Steve Escovar, was able to resolve the matter and obtain an immigration safe negotiated plea for our client!


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