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How Much Does a Grand Theft Charge Cost?

The California Penal Code 487 has two subdivisions when it comes to classifying Grand Theft. Subdivision(a) classifies taking anything of value over $950 as being Grand Theft. While subdivision(b) classifies actions such as stealing an automobile, firearm, or certain farm products as being Grand Theft even if the total value falls under $950. 

Additionally, Grand Theft in California is known as a wobbler charge. This means that the crime can be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony. Felony charges carry lengthier imprisonment sentences as well as more costly monetary punishments than misdemeanors. 

The maximum incarceration sentence for a misdemeanor charge of Grand Theft is up to one year in county jail and a ticket charge of $1,000. Conversely, for a felony charge of Grand Theft, not only will you be sentenced to state prison, but you can face up to three years in prison and a fine of $10,000. 

Whether or not someone is charged with a felony for Grand Theft may depend upon the following factors: 

  • The perpetrator’s criminal history. 
  • If there was any premeditation involved or if a specific intent to steal can be argued/proven. 
  • If the Grand Theft committed falls under subdivision(b) as such acts are more likely to be considered felonies. 
  • The total value of the money, item(s), or property stolen. 
  • Whether or not there was a use of force such as threats of violence or weapons. 

Since a misdemeanor carries far less jail time and has a far less expensive ticket charge, having an experienced attorney on your side can make a huge difference. Not only could you end up paying far less while reducing the likelihood of a prison sentence, but there are other benefits as well. 

Having a criminal record with charges can impact many aspects of your life. These aspects can be exacerbated with a felony charge. Having a felony charge may impact areas such as: 

  • Buying or renting property. 
  • Applying for certain jobs. 
  • Not being able to serve on a jury, run for office, or vote. 
  • Losing the right to legally own a firearm. 

While it’s also possible to get both a misdemeanor and felony expunged or sealed from your record, the process is much harder for a felony charge. The cost for having a felony expunged or sealed is usually more expensive and lengthier than a misdemeanor. It’s also possible to get the felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor. 

If you’re facing a charge for Grand Theft, contacting an experienced California Grand Theft defense attorney is your best bet. They will fight on your behalf to ensure you get the right representation. 

Regardless of the classification of the offense, it is important that you seek the assistance of competent legal counsel to help you best understand your legal defense while identifying an outcome that best minimizes your risk. We here at the H Law group patiently await your call.

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