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Over the course of the past 25 years I have successfully defended grand theft cases for my clients. Obviously, the greater the amount taken, the more likely the prosecutor and judge will seek harsh penalties against the person who stole the money. Another key factor that I see addressed in these cases is whether the person who stole the money was in a position of trust at the time. If they held a position that gave them access to money and were a trusted employee, then it will take a lot of doing on the part of their criminal defense attorney to keep them from going into custody for a long time.

California penal code section 487 governs the law of grand theft. However in recent times, the California voters have passed a number of important propositions that an give you the chance to avoid a felony and even a conviction under the right circumstances. This has helped many people who have had cases in the past and who have cases right now. Those people who had to plead to a felony, can know have their felony reduced to a misdemeanor and dismissed under the right circumstances. And, those people who were recently arrested for grand theft sit in a much better position than they would have before the passage of many defense oriented propositions.

In fact, as I right this page, the police are refusing to arrest those stealing in many cases all over Los Angeles County because they are angry that many people they arrest are either freed, given diversion and avoid going to jail altogether. This is a huge shift in the mentality towards theft related offenses and you need an attorney who can press every right you have and make a difference in your theft offense and life!


There are many different crimes that a person can plead guilty to that do not involve the moral turpitude implications that come with a grand theft plea. I have spent a career trying to convince prosecutors and judges that my client does not deserve to have a grand theft conviction on their record for the rest of their life. This is something that can prevent you from getting a good paying job and just simply make you look bad in the eyes of anyone who sees the conviction. So the answer to the above question is yes, there are other crimes that can replace a grand theft charge.

In deciding which crime a prosecutor or judge might accept instead of a grand theft charge, we must look at what the person in trouble did and then figure out what replacement crime can be used. The prosecutors do not like to just replace the theft charge that has nothing to do with what the person did. For example, if someone goes into a store and places an expensive item in their pocket and leaves without paying for it, then they can be charge with grand theft, but they could also be charged with trespassing. The reason that the trespassing makes sense and might be acceptable to the prosecutors is because of a person goes on a property to steal, then they would not be wanted on that property by the owner, and would therefore be trespassing. On the other hand, the prosecutors would not likely be willing to give the same person in the above example a distrubing the peace charge, because that crime does not fit what they did.

Certain items that are stolen, such as firearms and vehicles, are considered grand theft regardless of the value. Real estate property and farm crops valued over $250 are also considered grand theft.

If you have been charged with a grand theft, it is definitely in your best interest to hire an experienced attorney to get on board with you.

Grand theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances. Penalties vary and can result in anywhere from 16 months and up to three years in prison. If the property is extremely valuable more years may be added.

For these reasons set forth, hiring the right attorney is truly in your best interest.

We make it our top priority to do everything we can to get you the best possible results.

Contact our grand theft lawyers in Van Nuys.

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