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Defending Your Rights

Theft is one of the most common criminal offenses in California and it comes in many forms.

Penal Code 484 PC, is the statute that makes it a crime to take someone else’s property, a crime generally called “theft.”

Petty theft, or the theft of property worth $950 or less, or grand theft for property exceeding $950. However, not all theft offenses fall under these classifications. Theft may be charged under many criminal statutes Under California Penal Code 488 PC, petty theft is unlawfully taking property worth $950 or less

Penal Code 487 PC classifies grand theft as unlawfully taking someone else’s property that is valued at more than $950. Grand theft is a “wobbler” that may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.

Grand theft can be a confusing offense in California, especially since the passage of Proposition 47. Previously, certain types of theft such as grand theft auto and firearm theft were automatically “grand theft” felonies regardless of the value of the property. Under Prop 47, you can only be charged with a misdemeanor if the value of the property is under $950

Burglary is a serious offense under California Penal Code 459 PC. Burglary is defined as entering a commercial or residential building with the intent to commit a theft or felony. Simply entering the building with intent is enough to commit burglary even if the theft or felony is not completed.

There are two degrees of burglary:

First-degree burglary is burglary of a residence

Second-degree burglary is burglary of a commercial property or other structure

First-degree burglary is always a felony. Second-degree burglary is a “wobbler” and may be a misdemeanor or felony.

Attorney in Charge

Lea Tleaat

Joel C. Renk, Esq.

Criminal Defense

Mr. Renk has represented 1000s of clients over his career, including those charged with misdemeanors such as DUI, driving under the influence, assault, battery, and vandalism to felonies such as murder, manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, attempted murder, mayhem, torture, kidnapping, robbery, carjacking, false imprisonment, felony assault, rape, unlawful sodomy, oral copulation or foreign penetration, lewd acts on a child, child endangerment, domestic violence, felony threats, grand theft, grand theft auto, identity theft, receiving stolen property, fraud, drug charges, gang charges/enhancements, and unlawful possession of firearms/ammunition.


Theft Crimes

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