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Posted on: July 17, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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Orange County criminal defense attorneyCalifornia Penal Codes 487 and 488

Theft crimes in California are charged as either grand theft or petty theft depending upon the value and nature of what’s allegedly been stolen. Under California Penal Code 487, grand theft happens when the value of the money, labor, or property allegedly stolen exceeds $950. For stolen items other than cash, the worth is determined by the present market value rather than the original purchase price. If you are accused of grand theft in Orange County, retain quality legal help and contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.

Under California Penal Code 488, petty theft is any theft offense that does not constitute grand theft. If the value of the property taken does not exceed $950, the offense will be charged as a petty theft. Prior to November 2014, all vehicle and firearms thefts in California were prosecuted as grand theft, but with the passage of Proposition 47, grand theft in those cases will be the charge only if the vehicle or firearm allegedly stolen has a value at or exceeding $950. However, even a petty theft is a serious crime in California, and a petty theft conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, up to 6 months in jail, or both. You’re going to need a good Orange County criminal defense attorney if you’re charged with either grand theft or petty theft.

Many innocent people have been accused of theft crimes. Sometimes, the whole thing is a misunderstanding, or perhaps you actually believed that the item or items you took were yours. Defendants are sometimes wrongly identified, and sometimes no theft ever took place and the allegation was entirely fabricated. If you are charged with a theft crime, immediately contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney who will fight for justice on your behalf and bring your case to its best possible conclusion.