Theft Crimes

What is Theft?

The crime of theft involves the taking of personal property belonging to another with the intent to deprive them of that property. Grand theft is where the value of the money, labor, real or personal property taken exceeds nine hundred fifty dollars ($950), the property is taken from another's person, or the property stolen is a firearm or automobile. Embezzlement is a type of theft where property is entrusted to another who has a fiduciary or relationship of trust with the owner of the property. Auto-theft is where the property stolen is a vehicle. [1] Robbery is where there is force or fear used to obtain the property from a person's possession.

What Are the Consequences?

If you are accused of a theft crime, the District Attorney ("D.A.") has the power to charge you with a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the amount taken and the number of prior offenses that you have. A person who has three or more theft offenses, however, in which at least one day of county jail was served, is automatically charged with a felony. The consequences you face for a theft offense depend on the type of theft charged, but generally include: 2-3 years court probation[2], jail time, criminal protective order [3], restitution to the victim, and standard fines and fees. A person who is convicted of robbery receives a strike[4]. In addition, it is important to know that your theft conviction can be used by the D.A. as a prior to raise your sentence the next time you are accused of burglary or theft. Worst of all, the theft conviction will go on your permanent record and affect your future employment, state licensing and other benefits. When the conviction surfaces, your character may be judged as untrustworthy.

How We Can Help You

Lavy Law is the law firm to help you win your theft case. As a prior prosecutor who has handled countless theft cases, we have insider's knowledge on how to get your case dismissed or charges reduced. As a trial attorney who has tried grand theft and auto-theft cases with every kind of defense, we know how to win your case before a judge or jury. As a counselor at law who has helped many kleptomaniacs or people with a compulsion towards theft through connecting them with community resources, we know how to empower you during this process like a coach would during a game.

Please feel free to read our Recent Cases to see that we have won a case just like your own.

If you are being accused of a theft offense, Contact Us immediately for a free consultation.


[1] A vehicle is broadly defined as: a device by which any person or property may be propelled, moved, or drawn upon a highway, excepting a device moved exclusively by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks (Vehicle Code section 670). This means that you can be charged with auto-theft for taking a golf cart!

[2] Court probation requires you to comply with terms ordered by the judge during a specified time period. The terms differ little from county to county. This probation is also known as informal probation because it is unsupervised- you do not have to report to a probation officer.

[3] A criminal protective order is a court order that prevents a person from coming within a certain distance of a location. If you are found at this location, you are in violation of the order and can be arrested. Police officers have a record of your stay away order in the electronic database in their police cars.

[4] A strike is a serious or violent felony offense as defined in the California Penal Code. A person who has a strike will receive a longer prison sentence and greater punishment for a subsequent felony conviction.

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