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What is Grand Theft in California


What is Grand Theft in California?

Petty theft is also known as “Theft by Larceny”. It is a violation of California Penal Code, § 484. It can be Grand Theft if certain additional facts are involved.

The elements of Petty Theft and Grand Theft crime are:

1. The defendant took possession of property owned by someone else

2. The defendant took the property without the owner’s consent

3. When the defendant took the property (he/she) intended to either deprive the owner of it permanently or for so much time that it would deprive the owner of of a major portion of the value or enjoyment of the property.

4. The defendant moved the property, even a small distance, and kept it for any period of time, however brief.

Grand Theft is a petty theft plus more. If the amount taken is over $ 950 it is grand theft. If you steal a gun it is Grand Theft regardless of the value of the gun..

Daniel Horowitz is a criminal defense specialist. If you are charged with petty theft he can work to protect your reputation and have the charge reduced or eliminated.