Protecting The Legal Rights of People Accused of Grand Theft
Grand theft in California, according to Penal Code Section 487(a), refers to the illegal taking of someone else’s property worth more than $950. This offense can result in either a felony or a misdemeanor charge, depending on factors such as the defendant’s criminal record, the value of the stolen property, whether a weapon was used, and the level of criminal skill needed to commit the crime. Generally, the more severe the offense, the higher the chance of it being classified as a felony.
If the stolen item is worth $950 or less, it is considered a misdemeanor known as California Petty Theft, as per Penal Code Section 484.
If you are facing grand theft charges in Los Angeles, seek legal assistance from Cyrus Tabibnia, Los Angeles Theft Crimes Defense Attorney. Contact the Tabibnia Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation at 866-713-2159.
What Is Considered Grand Theft In Los Angeles?
The definition of grand theft is outlined in California Penal Code Section 487, which states that it occurs when property valued at over $950 is stolen. In general, any theft that exceeds this monetary limit is considered grand theft regardless of the specific circumstances.
However, there are exceptions where a theft can be classified as grand theft even if the dollar amount stolen was lower. For example, if the property was taken directly from the owner by means of force or threat, such as in a mugging, the theft is considered grand theft. Additionally, theft of certain items such as a motor vehicle, firearm, horse, or agricultural products or fish/shellfish valued at $250 or more, also qualifies as grand theft.
If the stolen property falls under the $950 limit and does not meet any of the other criteria mentioned above, it will be charged as petty theft, a less severe offense. In some cases, a skilled lawyer can get a grand theft charge reduced to petty theft if the circumstances warrant it. This is one of the ways a grand theft attorney in Los Angeles can assist you in your case, potentially saving you from a lengthy prison sentence.
Penalties For Grand Theft In Los Angeles
If you are charged with grand theft in Los Angeles, the penalties you face will depend on the nature and severity of the crime.
For a misdemeanor charge of grand theft, you could be sentenced to up to one year in jail, as well as significant fines.
However, if you are charged with felony grand theft, the penalties can be much more severe. If convicted, you may face a prison sentence of up to three years, as well as increased fines, felony probation, and a conviction on your record as a felon.
It’s important to note that if you have a prior conviction for grand theft, you may face even steeper penalties for a subsequent offense.
In addition, the value of the stolen item can also impact the severity of the sentence. For example, stealing an item valued at over $65,000 could lead to an additional year in prison, while stealing an item valued at over $32,000,000 could lead to a sentence of up to four years in prison.
Legal Defenses For Grand Theft
If you are facing a charge of grand theft in Los Angeles, our experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer will carefully review all of the evidence presented against you, paying close attention to how it was obtained.
Our skilled lawyer will leave no stone unturned and will meticulously examine all of the details of your case, searching for any police errors or violations of your rights, such as an illegal search and seizure.
In order for the prosecutor to obtain a conviction on theft-related charges, they must prove that you had the specific intent to steal the property. Our qualified Los Angeles grand theft lawyer has successfully utilized several different legal arguments to defend our clients, including:
(1) Demonstrating that the property in question was rightfully yours;
(2) Proving that the property was taken by mistake or error, and not with any intent to steal;
(3) Challenging the prosecutor’s ability to prove that you had the intent to take the property in question.
Contact Los Angeles Grand Theft Lawyer Cyrus Tabibnia
If you are facing charges for grand theft, it’s crucial to contact a highly skilled and experienced attorney immediately. Cyrus at Tabibnia Law Firm is a reputable Los Angeles theft rime defense lawyer with a successful track record of defending clients against all types of theft crime cases in Los Angeles County Courts.
Grand theft is a serious offense that is prosecuted aggressively, and without a qualified criminal defense lawyer fighting on your behalf, you could face severe legal consequences if convicted.
Therefore, it’s essential to get in touch with our law firm as soon as possible for a complete review of your grand theft case. Our attorneys are available 24/7 and will work tirelessly to provide you with the strongest defense possible. Give us a call at 866-713-2159 to schedule a consultation today.