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Santa Clarita Grand Theft Defense Lawyer

Grand Theft Charges

Grand theft is generally the illegal taking of another's property when valued at over $950.  The theft of certain types of property, however, can be charged as grand theft even at certain lower values or regardless of value.  In certain cases where the value is relevant, it can be calculated on the basis of the property stolen over a 12 month period.  Grand theft may occur by way of larceny, embezzlement, trick or false pretenses.  If you are even suspected of grand theft, contact a Santa Clarita criminal defense attorney right away.  The earlier you have qualified legal counsel fighting for your rights, the better your chances of a successful outcome.

Law Offices of David M. Wallin can seek to prevent your case from going to trial at all, but if it does, your defense may rest largely on the factor of intent.  An example of how this may apply is in a case where someone is accused of stealing company property.  It may be shown that the person was operating on a good faith belief that they had a right to exclusive use of the property during that period.  If this is the case and there was no intent to deprive the company of the property permanently or temporarily, no grand theft has occurred.  This is one example of the various defenses a seasoned attorney may employ in your case.

Penalties for Grand Theft

In California, grand theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case and your criminal history.  Per Penal Code Section 487 PC, a misdemeanor conviction can result in up to one year in jail.  Felony grand theft is punishable by up to three years in prison.  Certain enhancements may apply if the value of property stolen is particularly high and these can increase your sentence.  David M. Wallin is a Former Deputy District Attorney and thus has a unique insight into how your case will be prosecuted.  Our firm will work as a committed team to defend your charges and fight for your freedom.

Contact a Santa Clarita grand theft defense lawyer for help with defense of your grand theft charges.

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Law Offices of David M. Wallin - Santa Clarita Criminal Defense Lawyer
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