Theft Charges in Temecula
Temecula Theft Crimes Lawyer
If you illegally took or walked away with someone else's property without their consent, you could be facing theft charges. Theft is sometimes referred to as larceny and encompasses two categories: petty theft and grand theft. Petty theft charges could entail shoplifting merchandise less than $950 in value, while grand theft could include things such as car theft or anything that is valued at $950 or more. Depending of the value of the property and your past criminal record, you could be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony.
Grand Theft - Penal Code 487
Grand theft is charged against an accused individual that is believed to have stolen anything that values $950 or more. Common terms that many people recognize (and some of the highest occurring grand theft offenses) are grand theft auto, grand theft of money and grand theft of a firearm. If you are accused of grand theft, you could face other charges pertaining to the stolen property; offenses such as burglary, embezzlement, check or credit card fraud.
Petty Theft - Penal Code 488
Petty theft is a form of theft where the amount stolen was less than $950. Most common forms of petty theft are shoplifting and theft of electronic devices such as IPhones. Shoplifting is one of the most common offenses involving juveniles or young adults. If you are found guilty of petty theft, you could be charged with a misdemeanor and will be required to pay back the full amount of the stolen property, complete community service and be placed on probation.
Are you are facing charges of theft in Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Menifee, Lake Elsinore, Perris, Banning, Hemet, Corona or Riverside? An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the Riverside County Superior Court system. Many times, people who are charged with theft are innocent. Perhaps the property actually belongs to you? Maybe you were framed? Sometimes shear forgetfulness are to blame.
Do not face the court system alone, contact our Temecula defense firm today. We can help!