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Los Angeles Grand Theft Attorney

Criminal Lawyer for California Penal Code 487 PC - Grand Theft

Grand theft (Penal Code section 487) is a wobbler, meaning that the prosecution can choose to charge it as a misdemeanor or a felony. There are different circumstances that can qualify as grand theft, so what the prosecution has to prove will depend on what circumstances fit the facts of your case. The prosecution might have to prove that you stole more than $950, or that you stole a vehicle, or that you stole a weapon, or that you stole something directly from someone else.

Grand Theft Felony Offenses

In certain cases, the prosecutor will not consider the property value while deciding to file the case as a misdemeanor or felony. This includes grand theft firearm, where the defendant used a weapon during the course of the crime; grand theft auto, where the property taken was a car, truck, or any other type of motor vehicle; grand theft person, where property was taken that was being carried by another, such as a pickpocket.

Legal Defenses for Grand Theft

Our criminal defense lawyers will thoroughly investigate the evidence against you and how it was collected. We will examine the fine details of you case to seek any errors made by police and whether you legal rights were violated or an illegal search and seizure was conducted. In order to convict you, the prosecutor must that you you had specific intent to steal the property. They could prove this through your statements to police or through circumstantial evidence, such as concealing the property after it was taken. We can utilize several legal arguments on your behalf. These include:

  • If the property taken rightfully belonged to you
  • If the property was taken by mistake or due to an error
  • If it cannot be proven you intended to take the property

Legal Penalties for Grand Theft

Under California law, If you are convicted of a misdemeanor grand theft offense, you could be facing up to one year the the county jail and up to a fine of $1,000. If convicted for a felony grand theft offense, you could be sentenced up to three years in a state prison and a fine up to $10,000. There are further enhancements that could be imposed on your sentence that are related to the amount of loss. For example, if the total loss is greater than $65,000, you could face one additional year on the sentence.

Contact an Experienced Defense Lawyer 24/7

At Eisner Gorin LLP, our criminal defense attorneys possess the kind of experience and successful track record necessary to properly defend against any type of theft crime charge. In Los Angeles, grand theft is prosecuted severely, and without a qualified attorney by your side, you will be left to the mercy of the courts which are often quite unmerciful.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a theft crime, contact our attorneys today by calling 877-784-1570. With years of experience and a top-notch rating, we can help in even the most difficult circumstances.

Contact a Los Angeles grand theft lawyer at our law firm for aggressive legal defense against your charges.