Criminal defense lawyers know prosecutors often overcharge crimes. What should be a petty theft misdemeanor charge ends up becoming a grand theft felony and the list goes on. Lindsay Lohan’s case might very well be one such situtaions. So, it really is no surprise that Lindsay Lohan’s criminal defense attorney is calling it as it is.
“TMZ broke the story … various Los Angeles jewelers believe the necklace Lindsay allegedly stole isn’t worth nearly the $2,500 Komofie & Co. was asking. Under California law, the item in question must have a “fair market value” of more than $950 to constitute grand theft. The jewelers we spoke with said the fair market value ranged between $800 and $1,000. If the value is $950 or less, it would be petty theft, a misdemeanor punishable by six months in jail, rather than one year in prison.
There have been countless cases in which people charged with grand theft successfully defended themselves by asserting that prosecutors overinflated the fair market value of the item that was allegedly stolen.”
TMZ has the full story.