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Charged with a Theft Crime? Call (800) 458-1488

In California, the law recognizes two kinds of theft: petty theft and grand theft. Petty theft is the lesser crime and often results in a misdemeanor charge. The more serious charge, grand theft, can lead to a felony charge. Grand theft convictions usually come with a minimum of 6 months in jail, fines, and probation. The difference between the two is in how much the item you're accused of stealing is worth. Of course, what you're accused of stealing is also an important factor. Burglary, larceny, and carjacking are examples of different types of theft charges.

If you were arrested for a Theft Crime, call us at (800) 458-1488 immediately!

At Criminal Defense Incorporated, we defend all types of theft crimes charges. We've represented clients for years in California. We've helped many clients get charges reduced or dropped completely. Let us fight for you. You can reach us at (800) 458-1488.

Types of Theft Crimes We Defend

Facing a theft charge can impact the rest of your life. You have a lot at stake - your freedom and your future. This is why it's important that you have a skilled, experienced attorney at your side. Or, like we have at Criminal Defense Incorporated, an entire team of them. We can investigate your case and make sure your rights weren't violated during your arrest and charging. Over the years, we've handled every type of theft charge there is. We've found that here in California these are the most common theft cases:

Burglary - Penal Code Section 459 PC

Burglary is also called "breaking and entering." It refers to entering a home or building to commit a felony, such as robbery. In California, burglary is a three strikes offense.

Carjacking - Penal Code Section 215 PC

Carjacking is the violent theft of a vehicle. When someone uses force or scares a driver with implying violence, the accused person will face felony charges. Carjacking is a completely different crime than grand theft auto because it involved taking the car directly from another person.

Grand Theft - Penal Code Section 487(a) PC

This charge applies to thefts were the item stolen is worth a lot. In California, anything stolen worth more than $950 falls under grand theft. This crime is a felony.

Petty Theft - Penal Code Section 484 PC

This charge applies to items stolen worth less than $950. Most often, a petty theft charge is attached to a shoplifting arrest. This crime is a misdemeanor.

Robbery - Penal Code Section 211 PC

Probably the most common form of theft is robbery. This crime is charged when someone is accused of stealing a possession directly from a person, or from their immediate possession. For a robbery charge to be handed down, the alleged theft needs to be committed through force or a threat of force. This is a felony offense.

Shoplifting - Penal Code Section 484 PC

Stealing from a retail store by not paying, refunding something you didn't purchase, or altering price tags are all considered shoplifting. This crime is usually a misdemeanor, but if you're accused of stealing something expensive, it could get bumped up to a felony.

Contact a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer at Criminal Defense Incorporated

Being arrested is scary. Don't go through dealing with the legal system on your own. If you're accused of theft in California, you need an experienced legal team on your side. Don't try to deal with the legal system alone. You're not a lawyer - we are. We know the law and are prepared to fight for you. Contact Criminal Defense Incorporated today to speak with a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer. We can be reached at (800) 458-1488.

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