What is Auto Theft in California
Auto theft in California refers to the unlawful taking or stealing of a vehicle without the owner's consent. IIn California, auto theft can be charged under different statutes, including:
Vehicle Code 10851 (VC 10851): This is the primary statute related to auto theft in California. It makes it illegal to take, drive, or use a vehicle without the owner's consent. The penalties for VC 10851 can range from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on factors such as prior convictions, the value of the vehicle, and whether the theft is part of a broader criminal scheme.
Grand Theft Auto (GTA): If the value of the stolen vehicle exceeds a certain threshold (currently $950), the offense may be charged as grand theft auto, which is also a serious felony offense. Grand theft auto can be prosecuted under Penal Code 487(d)(1) as a felony.