Orange County Grand Theft Attorney
Arrested for Grand Theft (Penal Code (PC) 487)?
If you are indicted on Grand Theft charges, it's important to know exactly what you're up against. Grand Theft is a crime one that can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances.
California law describes Grand Theft as intentionally stealing the property of another if that property has a value of over $950 (Penal Code 487 PC). The dollar amount is what distinguishes it from Petty Theft (Penal Code 484). If the property taken was an automobile, it is listed as a different crime, Grand Theft Auto (Penal Code 487(d)(1) PC. You can also be charged with Grand Theft if you take any anything directly off a person, their clothing, or something they're carrying (such as purse-snatching). In addition, stealing a gun or certain animals (such as a horse) can result in Grand Theft charges.
Grand Theft is a serious charge with possibly serious consequences. It is important that you contact a seasoned defense attorney immediately if you face Grand Theft charges.
At the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti, we have successfully represented many clients facing these charges. Call (714) 530-9690 immediately for a free consultation. We work for a flat fee and will stay on your case until you receive your desired outcome.
What are the penalties for Grand Theft?
If you or someone you know has been charged with Grand Theft, you know there are life-altering consequences if convicted. These consequences can include:
- Felony probation
- One year in county jail
- 16 months to three years in state prison
In addition to these penalties, it is important to consider how these charges can affect your future. A Grand Theft conviction may result in:
- Loss of a job
- Difficulty finding future employment
- Damage to you and your family's reputation
- Inability to rent a house or apartment
- Loss of voting rights
- Inability to possess a firearm (Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA))
What are your options if you're charged with Grand Theft?
Your best option is to hire a skilled Orange County criminal defense attorney with experience in handling Grand Theft cases. A competent counselor can possibly get the charge reduced or dropped all together. If convicted, a defense attorney may be able to get your sentence reduced or get you probation instead of jail or prison time.
"I was caught shoplifting at the South Coast Plaza and police were charging me with grand theft and commercial burglary. I called Mr. Guisti and told him I feared years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines, but Mr. Guisti took time to get to know me and calmed me down. In weeks before going to court Mr. Guisti would call me to see how I was doing. Finally when court came Mr. Guisti saw to it my charges were reduced and that I just pay a small fine. Thanks so much for taking care of me."
What if you represent yourself?
We highly discourage someone representing themselves in criminal court. California's legal system is very complex and can be confusing and intimidating for someone not experienced with it. Remember, not all attorneys practice criminal law or defend clients. For this reason it is vital that you hire an attorney with the appropriate skills and background.
Law Office of Michael L. Guisti have successfully represented many Orange County residents charged with Grand Theft. We have a sterling reputation in Southern California and hundreds of satisfied clients. If a Grand Theft charge has you concerned about you and your family's future, call us today at (714) 530-9690 for a free consultation.
Whether you're facing a felony or a misdemeanor, don't risk a conviction. Act quickly to redeem your reputation and protect your record by consulting with our Orange County criminal defense lawyer. Call today to schedule your free consultation.