Orange County Petty and Grand Theft Lawyer

CALIFORNIA PENAL CODES 484, 487, 488 & 666

Theft is unlawfully taking another person’s property. In California, when stolen property is worth more than $950, or is a motor vehicle, a firearm, or property stolen in an armed robbery or a mugging, the crime is charged as “grand” theft. The theft of guns and cars is always grand theft. When stolen property is worth less than $950, is not a motor vehicle or firearm, and it isn’t taken in an armed robbery or a mugging, then the crime is typically charged as a petty theft. If you are charged with any theft or theft-related crime in southern California, call experienced lawyer Simon Budhwani, Esq. immediately. Our Orange County petty and grand theft lawyers represent clients charged with petty theft, grand theft, shoplifting, and related crimes.


Petty theft in California under California Penal Codes 484 and 488 is a misdemeanor, and most petty theft charges in this state are related to shoplifting incidents. The maximum penalties for most petty theft convictions are a fine of up to $1,000, up to 6 months in jail, or both. Although petty theft is a misdemeanor, a second offense can be charged as a felony under Penal Code 666 (“Petty Theft with a Prior”). A grand theft charge in California under California Penal Code 487 may be either a felony or a misdemeanor. For felony grand theft, you may be sentenced to jail for 16 to 36 months. The maximum jail term for misdemeanor grand theft is a year.


One error in judgment – in a difficult situation – shouldn’t ruin your future. While there can never be a guarantee regarding the result of any particular criminal case, if you face a charge of petty theft or grand theft, your best hope for justice is an experienced Orange County petty and grand theft lawyer with a record of legal excellence. Do not plead guilty to a theft charge, and do not try to act as your own attorney. If you face any theft charge in southern California, call, Orange County petty and grand theft lawyer, Simon Budhwani, Esq. for immediate legal assistance at 714-249-2788 or email us today at: [email protected]