THEFT AND LARCENY: NO DISTINCTION IN CALIFORNIA

Posted on: April 13, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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California Penal Code 484 and 487

Orange County criminal defense lawyerIn some states “theft” and “larceny” are considered and defined as distinct crimes, but in California law, theft and larceny are basically the very same thing. Depending on the value and nature of the stolen property, a larceny/theft may be prosecuted as a felony or as a misdemeanor in this state. If you are charged with any theft or larceny in Orange County, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible. Related theft and larceny charges available to California prosecutors include:

  • Robbery (California Penal Code 211)
  • Identity theft (California Penal Code 530.5)
  • Forgery (California Penal Code 470)
  • Receiving stolen goods (California Penal Code 496)
  • Embezzlement (California Penal Code 503)

You may also be prosecuted for larceny in California if you don’t return leased or rented property such as rental cars, furniture, equipment, and even materials checked out from the public library. Any time you steal or move another person’s property with no intention of returning it, you may be charged with larceny under California Penal Code 484.

The charge in California is grand larceny if you steal property valued at more than $950, a firearm, an automobile, an animal, or certain food or agricultural products valued at more than $250. A conviction for grand larceny can land you behind bars for three years if grand larceny is charged as a felony and for one year if it’s charged as a misdemeanor. The charge is petty larceny if you steal property valued at less than $950. It’s a misdemeanor, but a petty larceny conviction can still put you in jail for up to six months. If you face any larceny charge in southern California, arrange at once to get legal representation, and speak with an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible.

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