Defending Against Theft Charges
Theft crimes can fall into one of two categories: petty theft or grand theft.
Petty theft includes charges such as shoplifting if the value of the property is $950 or less. Petty thefts are generally charged as misdemeanors. However, if the value of the property is less than $50, prosecutors may choose to charge this as an infraction. Infractions do not require jail time and the fines are minimal. Petty thefts can also be charged as a felony when the defendant has previously been convicted of a theft crime. Our job, as a skillful criminal defense firm, is to successfully strategize with you for all possible defense and mitigation options.
Grand theft involves property that has a value that exceeds $950. Grand theft is a wobbler, which means it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances of the crime as well as your criminal record.
Regardless of the value of a car, all auto theft is considered grand theft as in grand theft auto.