Theft Crimes

Petty Theft: Under Penal Code 484 and 488, this is the stealing of property valued up to $950. Although the offense is a misdemeanor, a second offense can be charged as a felony under Penal Code 666 (Petty Theft with a Prior).

Grand Theft: Under Penal Code 487, this is the stealing of property valued at more than $950. It may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.

Grand Theft of a Firearm: Any theft of a firearm counts as "grand theft", regardless of the value of the gun. This offense is a felony if the firearm is more than $950 in value, and a misdemeanor otherwise.

Grand Theft Auto: California law treats theft of an automobile as "grand theft" if the value of more that $950, and "petty theft" if the value is $950.00 or less.

Burglary: Entering a structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft inside constitutes burglary in California. If the structure is a home or "inhabited dwelling," residential burglary may be charged (which counts as a "strike" pursuant to California Three Strikes Laws).

Auto Burglary: Breaking into a locked vehicle for the purpose of stealing it constitutes "auto burglary" under California law.

Shoplifting: Entering a commercial establishment while it is open with the intent to commit petty theft inside is the crime of shoplifting under Penal Code 459.5 PC.

Embezzlement: A person who wrongfully steals or misappropriates property entrusted to him by the rightful owner may be charged with a California embezzlement.

Receiving Stolen Property: This occurs when someone purchases or receives property that he/she knows (or reasonably should know) is stolen.

Robbery: A person commits Robbery in California if he uses violence, force or threats to take property from someone's immediate possession. This too counts as a strike under California Three Strikes Laws.

Carjacking: This is basically robbery of a vehicle. If one uses force or fear to take a vehicle from someone's immediate possession, a California carjacking may be charged.

Mail Theft: Theft of US mail under Penal Code 530.5(e) is a distinct offense. It occurs whenever someone knowingly takes mail that does not belong to them from a mailbox, post office or letter carrier. This crime is also charged when someone knowingly removes the contents of someone else's mail or knowingly receives or possesses stolen mail.

If you or your loved one is accused of any of these crimes, we urge you to call our experienced agents that can help you in a time of need. We know all the jails in California and we offer the fastest release times to getting your loved one out.