Grand Theft in California
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theft involves stolen property that is valued at over $950, the crime can be
considered as grand theft. A conviction for this kind of theft crime can
result in extensive jail time, expensive fines, and a permanent mark on
your criminal record.
If you were arrested and charged with grand theft in California, our Santa Barbara
criminal defense lawyers can protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. With
over 30 years of experience, we have a thorough understanding of state theft laws and court processes
to help you obtain the most favorable outcome.
Grand Theft Penalties
In most cases, grand theft is a wobbler, meaning that the prosecution may
decide whether to charge the defendant with either a misdemeanor or a
felony. While the maximum sentence for a misdemeanor is up to one year,
a felony grand theft conviction is punishable by a prison sentence of
16 months, two years, or three years.
The prosecution will base their decision to charge you with either a misdemeanor
or a felony depending on the circumstances of the case and the defendant’s
criminal history. Also, you can receive an additional and consecutive
prison sentence if the value of the property the defendant stole is extremely high.
The potential sentence enhancements for felony grand theft include:
- Property worth more than $65,000 – One additional year in prison
- Property worth more than $200,000 – Two additional years in prison
- Property worth more than $1,300,000 – Three additional years in prison
- Property worth more than $3,200,000 – Four additional years in prison
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former prosecutors, our Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers know how the prosecution will
approach your case and can provide a relentless defense strategy just for you.
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