Theft is the unlawful taking of another person's property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner of his or her interest in that property. Theft is a serious charge and the consequences of a conviction can have long lasting effects on your life and the lives of your family. If you have been arrested or charged with the crime of theft, it is essential that you contact an experienced San Diego theft attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Berg, our seasoned and skilled criminal defense attorneys will aggressively defend your rights. Call today for a free evaluation of your case.
Theft crimes can be divided into two general categories. The determining factors for which category a person with charged in depends upon the value of the property stolen, the nature of the crime, the accused's prior convictions, and other circumstances. The two categories are:
Grand theft is the unlawful taking of property that is valued above $400. In some circumstances, however, the value does not matter. Grand theft can be charged regardless of value if the property stolen was a firearm, an automobile, or certain types of animals. Some types of property qualify as grand theft if the value is over $100, including certain farm crops, fruits, vegetables, fish, chickens, or theft of natural resources from another person's property (such as water, oil, or minerals).
Petty theft involves the stealing of property that is valued at less than $400. The most common type of petty theft is the charge of shoplifting.
There are several defenses to both grand theft and petty theft. They include the following:
The penalties for theft can vary depending on the facts and circumstances of each case. In general penalties can include the following:
If you have been arrested or accused of any type of theft, you are facing a serious charge. It is extremely important that you contact a San Diego theft attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Berg, we have the experience and legal skill to provide you with the best possible defense available. We aggressively fight to win. Call us today.