Under Penal Code 487 PC in California, grand theft is defined as a theft of real property, personal property, labor, or money from another individual with a loss amount of $950 or more.
Grand theft is a catchall crime that is commonly used to prosecute many forms of theft, whether accomplished by fraud, trick, or simply physically taking items without permission.
I’ve been practicing now for almost 30 years and I’ve never seen something like this, where:
- three individuals stole a police vehicle,
- stole all of the parts off the police vehicle, including the guns, and
- then drove the police vehicle off a cliff, causing it to be totally destroyed.
Normally, in the time that I’ve been practicing, if the prosecutor could prove that the three individuals had done that, everybody would be going to prison for as long a period as they could possibly come up with.
I think part of the reason for that is, you’re destroying property and you’re destroying weapons.
But, the main reason is it involves the police and the prosecutors are usually very tight with the police and if they perceive the police are being disrespected, their property like their vehicles are being disrespected, especially in that manner, they’re going to be out for blood. They’re going to be looking for prison.
Impact of Coronavirus
But interestingly, because of everything that has transpired on the news, I think that combined with the Coronavirus, really put these defendants in a good position to be able to resolve their California Penal Code 487 grand theft case, and each of them got no jail time.
I’ve been practicing a long time. Fortunately, we had some of the best attorneys on the case and we got that successful result.
The defendants have to pay the money for the vehicles and the weapons, but they’re not going to prison and we may even be able to get them a misdemeanor in the future.
Criminal Defense for California Grand Theft Cases
This is unheard of since the early 1990s since I’ve been practicing, and I think even well before that.
But when you get a good plan together and you’re patient and the time is right to be able to get that best resolution. That’s when you strike.
That’s when the best criminal defense attorneys know what it takes to get the result, and for a grand theft to be filed like that and end up with a no-time deal.
Not even custody time in the local jail is one of the most fantastic results I’ve ever seen. My client’s a young man. He didn’t have to go to jail or prison. I know he was very worried about that. He has a job. He has a family.
So, the bottom line is this — where there’s a will, there’s a way. You’re charged with a crime, you’re scared to death, I understand. I know what fear is like. I’ve been defending criminal cases for a long time. I’m here to help you.
Pick up the phone. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. I don’t care what your situation is. There’s always hope.
We’ll sit down; we’ll get the plan together that makes sense for you, your circumstances, your family, your job, your future, your career — and we will do everything possible to get you the best possible result.
If you’re charged with grand theft or any crime in Los Angeles county, you’ve come to the right place. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. I stand at the ready to help you.