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Theft Crimes

Under California law, theft is defined as the intentional unlawful taking of property, which is divided into two categories: Petty Theft and Grand Theft, depending on the value of the property taken. However, a wide number of activities may fall under the state definition of theft, and even good, productive citizens may suffer serious consequences for making a simple mistake.

If you or someone you love is facing theft charges, you are legally entitled to fight against criminal accusations in order to protect your reputation, career, and personal life. The Amer Law Firm offers decades of experience in defending clients from theft-related charges and have earned a strong track record for success. It is important to have a criminal defense attorney on your side to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. To meet with a reliable criminal defense attorney for a free and comprehensive case review, please call (866) 431-2637.

What is Petty Theft?

As a lesser offense, petty theft is defined as the unlawful taking of property that is valued at $950 or less. Other qualifiers state the property was not taken directly from another person, and the item is not a firearm or automobile. The most common type of petty theft is shoplifting, theft by trick, theft by embezzlement, and theft by fraud.

Petty theft is charged as a misdemeanor in California and carries maximum penalties of $1,000, six months in a county jail, or both.

What is Grand Theft?

Grand theft is a more serious offense and applies to the unlawful taking of someone else's property that is valued at more than $950, or an automobile or a firearm. The use of force or threat of force may also justify a grand theft charge. Common types of grand theft include shoplifting, theft by false pretense, and theft by trick.

Grand theft is considered a "wobbler" because it may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense based on the circumstances of the incident. The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor grand theft is typically one year in a county jail, whereas a felony grand theft may result in a maximum sentence of three years in state prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

As the most serious charge, if convicted of grand theft, you will receive one strike against you under California's Three Strikes Law.

What Other Crimes Qualify as Theft Offenses?

Theft crimes cover a wide range of activities, including the following:

Receiving Stolen Property

It is a crime to purchase, sell, or conceal property that has been stolen. However, there must be evidence that the accused knew the property was stolen in the first place.


Unlawfully entering a structure or residential building with the intent to steal property inside constitutes a theft crime in California. The charges may vary depending on whether violence or the threat of violence was involved.


Taking property from a person or presence of another by force or fear is the most serious theft crime. This charge may carry additional enhancements for the use of a weapon or bodily injury to the victim.

What are Common Defenses against Theft Charges?

When confronted with the possibility of costly fines or jail time for an alleged theft, it is in your best interests to seek the reliable and effective defense of a skilled attorney. At The Amer Law Firm, an experienced and resourceful criminal defense attorney will be able to combat theft accusations with a number of legal defenses based on premises that state that:

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If you have been accused of theft, which is considered a crime of dishonesty, the consequences may significantly interfere with your future, including jail time, a lasting criminal record, and ineligibility for employment, loans, or immigration benefits. In order to protect your personal and professional life from the consequences of a conviction, please do not hesitate to contact The Amer Law Firm as soon as possible. Working with an accomplished criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between imprisonment and freedom. Call (866) 431-2637.

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