California Penal Code §487 classifies grand theft as the criminal
act of illegally taking, stealing, embezzling, transporting or otherwise
carrying the personal property, goods, money, and/or possessions belonging
to another person and valued at more than $950. An employee's or worker's
aggregate theft of at least $950 in currency, labor, real estate, vehicles,
animals or other personal property from his or her employer, over a one
year period, also qualifies as grand theft. There are certain circumstances,
in which the illegal possession of certain objects or materials of a lesser
value, could warrant a grand theft charge as well.
Not all grand theft charges are felony charges. Grand theft can be charged
as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If you are charged with a misdemeanor
grand theft in San Diego, or the state of California, you could be facing
at least 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine upon conviction. Should you
be charged with a felony offense, as is often associated with the theft
of a firearm or vehicle, you could be facing between 16 months-3 years
in state prison, along with a maximum fine of $10,000. Community service,
probation and other penalties may also be handed down in connection with
California Penal Code §488 states that any other type of theft can
be considered to be petty theft. A conviction for petty theft comes with
a maximum $1,000 fine or no more than 6 months in jail, or both. The theft
of property valued at less than $50 can be charged as a minor infraction,
at the sole discretion of the prosecution, and would involve a maximum
$250 fine upon conviction.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for petty theft or grand theft,
you owe it to yourself to seek legal representation immediately. No matter
the gravity of the situation, when you contact JD Law, a San Diego criminal
defense attorney will be able to thoroughly review the charges against
you, find any discrepancies in the prosecution's case and advise you
on the course of action that will help you seek the most positive outcome.
Our attorneys understand the impact such charges can have not only on
your personal, but professional, life. You can count on us to fight hard
to protect your rights and to act as the aggressive advocate you need
to fight back in court.