Type of Crime:
Theft is generally defined as the intentional taking and carrying away of the property of another without their consent. There are two types of theft in California: petty theft and grand theft. Petty theft involves the taking of property, the value of which is $950 or less and generally results in a misdemeanor charge. If convicted of the crime of petty theft, you may face a sentence of up to 6 months in County jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both. Grand theft involves the taking and carrying away of the property of another, the value of which exceeds $950 and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If convicted of the crime of grand theft, you will face a term of imprisonment of up to 1 year in County jail. Additionally, theft of an automobile or firearm is automatically charged as grand theft. If convicted of grand theft involving a firearm you may face 16 months, 2, or 3 years in state prison. Not only will a conviction for a theft crime potentially result in a loss of your freedom for a significant period of time, but such a conviction may also prevent you from obtaining future employment, state licensing, and other benefits. If charged with a California theft crime, it is imperative that you immediately retain the services of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Kenner & Greenfield will provide you with the most effective defense strategy and are committed to keeping you out of jail and safeguarding your future. Call Kenner & Greenfield today!