January 4, 2013 By Wallin & Klarich

Theft crimes are the most commonly prosecuted property crimes in California. This crime is especially frequent during the holiday season, when many people are shopping in public and distractions are all over the place.

If you are charged with theft, the consequences you face will depend upon the circumstances of your case. However, no matter what type of theft you are charged with, the punishment could be very severe. That’s why it is important to hire and experienced criminal defense law firm to help you obtain a favorable outcome in your case.

What is Grand Theft in California?

felony grand theftIn California, there are two different types of theft charges. Petty theft typically is charged if the property stolen is valued at less than $950. This is a misdemeanor offense under PC 484, but you still face six months in county jail if you are convicted of petty theft.

However, grand theft is a much more serious charge. Grand theft is typically charged when the value of the property stolen is $950 or more. Grand theft can be a serious felony offense in California, and it carries harsh punishment if you are convicted. A felony grand theft conviction under PC 487 is punishable by 16 months, two or three years in custody.

So, the main factor involved in determining whether you will face grand theft or petty theft charges is the value of the property stolen. However, there are a few additional things that factor in. For instance, if you have been previously convicted of petty theft three or more times, you could face felony charges. Additionally, grand theft is usually charged if you stole or attempted to steal a car.

Call the Grand Theft Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich Today

If you are facing theft charges in California, you need to speak to an experienced theft attorney immediately. At Wallin & Klarich, our skilled criminal defense lawyers have been successfully defending our clients accused of grand theft for over 30 years. We know the valid defenses to this crime, and we have been successful in using these defense to obtain a positive outcome for our clients. Let us help you now.

We have offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, West Covina, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Ventura and Victorville so we can help you no matter where you work or live.

Call our offices today at (888) 280-6839 for a free phone consultation. We will get through this together.

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