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What is Grand Theft?

Defense from a Ventura Theft Crime Lawyer

Grand theft cases can be very complicated and the consequences can be harsh. There are a number of guidelines that define what constitutes as grand theft, and they are defined under California Penal Code 487. Grand theft includes taking another person's property which is valued at $950 or more. Crimes under this monetary value may be handled as petty theft.

It can also involve taking an automobile, firearm, animals or property being carried by another, even if the value of this item is under $950. If an employee stole from their employer, the value of items taken during a 12 month period would be added up to determine the extent of the crime. The crime can be committed through larceny, fraud, trickery or embezzlement; including physically carrying the item away, deceiving the owner into giving it away or taking something that has been delegated to you.

Determining and Prosecuting Charges

These crimes can be penalized in one of two ways; as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The circumstances involved in the criminal accusations and the past criminal history of a suspect are reviewed in the decision making process. A misdemeanor can result in up to a year in jail and a felony can lead to three years in prison. As in any crime, the use of a weapon will increase repercussions and having a firearm present will make charges a felony. Being charged with grand theft not only puts you at risk of incarceration, there may also be substantial fines, restitution, community service, or probation.

Long after any sentence is served or fines are paid, a criminal record can follow you for the rest of your life. Another complicating factor of grand theft charges is the possibility of additional associated charges such as robbery, fraud, or receiving stolen property, which can only increase the extent of a conviction. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, I have tried over 1000 cases in my career and have the experience you need to investigate your case ensuring that your rights are protected. Once I establish a strategy, we will work together to toward a common goal of protecting your freedom and your future.

To protect your rights and your future, it is crucial that you contact a Ventura criminal defense attorney without delay.

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Part of the legal process you may face involves arraignments, preliminary hearings and other court related matters. I have extensive jury trial experience and have conducted hundreds of these types of court procedures. I am also very familiar with the prosecutors and have a unique insight into how they think and make their decisions. This will enable me to provide you with the dedicated and knowledgeable defense you will need.

I can provide the resources to fully examine your case and investigate the charges against you in order to challenge any evidence obtained illegally. A conviction can result in fines, probation, community service, and jail or prison time. Don't let this happen to you. Your freedom and future are at risk, so you must call now to get the help you need.

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