When a defendant in Los Angeles faces theft charges for property valued at more than $400, he or she will face grand theft charges. Theft of certain types of property, such as a firearm or automobile, will result in automatic grand theft charges regardless of the specific value of the property.
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Grand theft may be committed in different ways.
- When violence is involved, a defendant will face robbery charges.
- If committed by way of fraud or misrepresentation, a defendant may face fraud or embezzlement charges.
- A standard grand theft conviction may result in up to 16 months or 2-3 years in state prison. Enhanced penalties may apply depending on the value of property and the defendant's criminal record.
Grand Theft Attorney in California
Take this opportunity to immediately contact a Los Angeles grand theft defense attorney if you or someone you know has been arrested for this or any related theft crime. You have the right to legal counsel; taking advantage of this right may be the only thing standing between you and jail time.
Criminal Attorney for Theft Crimes in Los Angeles
Even misdemeanor shoplifting charges must be taken seriously. A charge that doesn't seem to be a big deal at the time can become a serious threat to your future. If the charges are for grand theft, burglary, robbery or possession of stolen property, a conviction becomes even more serious under California's three strike law.
As a lawyer who has been helping clients since 1984, I understand exactly how serious grand theft charges can be. I have more than twenty years of experience providing aggressive, tough representation for people who have been charged with felony crimes such as car theft and violent theft crimes such as burglary and robbery. My case history includes extensive experience successfully representing people charged with federal crimes such as internet fraud, bank embezzlement, fraud theft auto, and transfer of stolen property across state lines. If you have been charged with grand theft in Los Angeles, start taking your defense seriously right now, because I will.