Criminal Defense Lawyers Protecting The Legal Rights of People Accused of Grand Theft
The charge of grand theft in Los Angeles is defined under California Penal Code 487 PC. It's the unlawful taking of another person's property that is valued at more than $950. If the value of the property is less than $950, it would be considered a misdemeanor offense under California Penal Code Section 484, petty theft.
Grand theft is a wobbler, which in simple terms means it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense. If you have been accused of this theft crime, you should immediately contact a Los Angeles grand theft lawyer at our law firm so we can thoroughly review all the details and start building a solid defense strategy. If arrested, there is a good chance you will have to appear for an arraignment, which is the first court appearance.
In some theft crime cases, the Los Angeles County prosecutor won't even consider the total value of the property when determining if they will file a misdemeanor or felony theft case. These cases include grand theft with the use of a firearm, grand theft auto, and grand theft of a person, where taken property was being carried or possessed by another.
In order for the prosecutor to obtain a conviction for a grand theft crime in Los Angeles, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had the specific intent to steal. This may potentially be proven through direct evidence, which could include statements made by the defendant either at the time of the offense or later during police questioning.
The prosecutor may also be able to show theft crime intent circumstantial evidence. This type of evidence could include how you concealed the property, or your actions after obtaining possession. Speak to an experienced grand theft lawyer in Los Angeles for more information about your specific theft case.
Legal Penalties for Grand Theft in Los Angeles
Under California law, If a defendant is convicted of misdemeanor grand theft case in Los Angeles, they could face up to one year in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If they are convicted of a felony grand theft offense, they could face up to three years in state prison and a fine up to $10,000.
However, there are other allegations that could enhance the sentence, related to the total amount of loss. If the loss exceeds $65,000, a defendant could face an additional year on their sentence. If you obtain goods or services at a business without paying, you could be charged with Defrauding an Innkeeper under California Penal Code 537.
See related information: Petty Theft with Prior. Consult with a Los Angeles grand theft attorney for more information about your case.
Legal Defenses to a Grand Theft Case in Los Angeles
An experienced Los Angeles grand theft defense attorney at our law firm will thoroughly review all the alleged evidence used against you and how it was obtained. Our skilled lawyers will leave no stone unturned and will review all the specific details, seeking for police errors and whether your rights were violated or an illegal search and seizure was conducted.
Again, In order to obtain a conviction on theft related crimes, the LA County prosecutor has to prove the defendant had specific intent to steal the property. Our qualified Los Angeles grand theft lawyers have successfully utilize several different legal arguments, including (1) If the property taken was rightfully yours; (2) If the property was taken by mistake or error; (3) Lack of intent - If it can't be proven you intended to take the property.
Track Record of Success by our Grand Theft Lawyers
At Eisner Gorin LLP, our Los Angeles grand theft attorneys have achieved tremendous results for our clients facing misdemeanor or felony theft crime charges. As former prosecutors, we well understand the criminal justice system and how the prosecutor will attempt to build their grand theft case against you.
Our lawyers work tirelessly for our clients to obtain the best possible outcome on their theft crime case. Here are just a few of our courtroom successes on theft crime charges in Los Angeles County:
- Client on probation faces new theft crime charges: After several incidents of theft, our criminal defense attorneys found a treatment program for our client. By showing the prosecutor successful treatment results, our lawyers were able to obtain community service for our client on the new charge and no jail time for the violation of probation.
- Client on probation for theft, arrested for a felony burglary charge: Our client was released to a drug program. Our experienced attorneys convinced the court to place our client on probation with regards to the new felony theft case. Probation was reinstated on the original theft case.
- Theft case and elder abuse charges - probation with no jail time: Our client was accused of violating a position of trust with on an elderly victim. They were facing five years in a California state prison. Our professional criminal defense lawyers were able to obtain community service after successful plea negotiations.
Contact a Los Angeles Grand Theft Lawyer
If you are facing grand theft criminal charges, contact a highly skilled Los Angeles grand theft lawyer at Eisner Gorin LLP immediately. Our attorneys possess the necessary experience and successful track record to properly defend you against any type of theft crime case in all Los Angeles County Courts.
Grand theft is prosecuted aggressively, and without a qualified criminal defense lawyer fighting on your behalf, you could face severe legal consequences if convicted.
Contact our law firm for a complete review of your grand theft case in Los Angeles. We are available 24/7 at 310-328-3776.