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What are the Penalties for Grand Theft and Petty Theft in California?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on August 1, 2013

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.

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