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3 Most Common Holiday Crimes

Posted by Jarrod M. Wilfert | Dec 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

With the holidays fast approaching, we at The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert understand how societal pressures to purchase gifts for friends and family can drive an otherwise good person to make a mistake and commit a crime. Below are the three most common crimes committed during the holidays and their penalties.

1.Identity Theft – In the chaos of trying to purchase the perfect gift for a loved one, many otherwise vigilant people might overlook certain red flags before entering in their personal information into an ATM machine or on a website, which makes the holidays a prime time for identity thieves looking to make a quick dollar.


  • Depending on the extent of your crimes, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.
  • If you are charged with a felony, you could face up to three years in jail and a maximum $10,000 fine.
  • If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you could face up to one year in jail and fines up to $1,000.

2.Shoplifting – Many mothers and fathers strapped for cash around the holidays resort to extreme measures to make sure their children get the toys they asked Santa for this Christmas. While their intentions might be good, shoplifting is a crime. In fact, shoplifting is the second most committed crime during the holidays.


  • If the goods stolen were valued at less than $950, it is considered petty theft, which is charged as a misdemeanor.
  • You could face fines between $50 and $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail.

3.Robbery – There is an increase in robberies during the holidays because shoppers are more statistically likely to carry more cash in their homes and have move expensive the items to steal. Under California law, robbery involves the theft of property from an inhabited dwelling or commercial property.


  • If you are arrested for a first-degree robbery, you could face up to 6 years in prison. If there were more than three people with you committing the crime, you could face up to 9 years.
  • You could be charged with enhanced robbery if you caused great bodily injury to another person, you used a firearm, discharged a firearm, or discharged your firearm, and it resulted in grave injury or death.

If you were arrested for any of the above crimes, contact our Ventura criminal defense attorney today.

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Jarrod M. Wilfert

Founding Attorney A Reputation of Excellence Jarrod M. Wilfert has been involved in criminal law for over a decade and as a former Police Officer, Prosecutor and certified Drug Recognition Expert, he brings a unique and aggressive perspective to the practice of criminal defense and civil litig...


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