Grand Theft

The crime of grand theft is a serious offense in the state of California that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In order to qualify as grand theft, the value of the property that is alleged to have been stolen has be be more than $950. Anything under that amount is classified as a petty theft, which is a less serious charge. If you are facing a grand theft criminal charge, contact Somera Law Group right away to discuss your defense options with our team.

While all thefts of more than $950 worth of property will be classified as grand theft, there are conditions which will be considered when deciding on either misdemeanor or felony charges. Some of those conditions include prior criminal history of the accused, how far over $950 value the items in question are, and whether or not a weapon was used during the theft.

For some cases, a felony charge is nearly automatic. Those include -

  • Grand theft auto – theft of an automobile, plane, boat, etc.
  • Grand theft firearm
  • Grand theft of certain animals or agricultural products

If you are charged with misdemeanor grand theft, you can face up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine if you are convicted. When the charge is raised to a felony, you are looking at up to three years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Grand theft is a charge that needs to be defended thoroughly to have a chance at avoiding a conviction. Call our office today for a free consultation and to speak with our team about what the next step in your defense should be. We look forward to working with you in this serious matter.