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What You Need To Know About Theft Charges

Theft is the taking – with the intent to permanently withhold – the property of another. This property could include personal property money, real property and even the value of labor or services. Those facing theft charges have a great deal to lose if convicted.

At Arrested in Cali, attorney Kacey McBroom takes the lead on facing down the charges her clients face. She can provide you with a calm, strong defense against any criminal charge. For theft cases, she relies on her extensive experience to craft a defense that you can trust.

The Two Classes Of Theft In California

There are two main classifications of theft under California law, and they depend on the monetary value of the thing taken. If the value is below $950, the law typically defines that as petty theft if there are no aggravated circumstances. If the value is over $950, it is defined as grand theft or grand larceny.

For petty theft, the penalties range from imprisonment to a citation for an infraction, again depending largely on value. For petty theft of something valued closer to the classification ceiling – like stereo equipment valued at $900 – the penalty could be up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $1000. For petty theft of something valued at under $50, you may just get the slap on the wrist of an infraction and a fine not to exceed $250.

For grand theft, the stakes are much higher. Grand theft can either result in a county jail prison term of up to a year or, if felony sentencing is permitted by statute, a prison sentence of up to three years and fines.

How To Craft A Theft Defense

Ultimately, the taking of property should not take away a defendant’s life moving forward. Defenses to a theft charge would include:

  • claims of actual ownership
  • mistake of fact or law
  • evidence of the owner’s consent
  • entrapment

In some instances, intoxication can work as an effective defense, because it can mitigate the “intent to steal” aspect of a theft charge.

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