Classification of Theft Offenses in California & Possible Penalties
In the state of California, theft offenses are classified according to the value of the property or service stolen. These classifications include:
Under California Penal Code 484 PC, petty theft is defined as stealing or wrongfully taking another person's property with a value of $950.00 or less.
Penalties: Petty theft is charged as a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months in county jail, a maximum fine of $1,000, or both.
Theft of any property with a value of $50 or less may be charged as an infraction provided that the defendant has no prior theft conviction. This infraction is punishable by a maximum fine of $250 with no jail time.
According to California Penal Code 487 PC, a person commits grand theft if they steal or unlawfully take another person's money, property, or labor with a value of $950.00 or more. Grand theft also includes looting (theft during an emergency situation) or stealing a firearm.
Penalties: Grand theft is a “wobbler” and may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor grand theft is punishable by up to one year in county jail. Felony grand theft is punishable by 16 months to three years in prison.
Work with a Skilled Attorney
The outcome of your criminal case can have devastating effects on your freedom, reputation, quality of life, and professional opportunities. Defending your theft crime accusations without proper guidance or experienced representation can increase your risks of facing the maximum punishment. When facing theft charges, it is imperative that you hire a skilled California criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and help build your defense.
At Darryl A. Stallworth Law Office, I have the resources and experience to handle theft cases and defend individuals wrongly accused of theft. As your attorney, I can investigate all the surrounding details of your situation, outline an effective defense strategy for your case, and refute the charges against you with all available evidence. Using my extensive knowledge and legal understanding, I can help you navigate the California criminal justice system, advocate for your legal rights, and attempt to keep you out of jail.