Penal Code Section 487 defines grand theft as the theft of money, labor, or real or personal property taken with a value of $950 or greater. There are consequences and penalties depending on the nature of the grand theft and the amount of the victim’s loss.
Penal Code Section 484 defines petty theft as the unlawful taking of someone else’s property with the intent to steal and deprive the owner of their property. In order for this crime to be classified and charged as a petty theft, the items stolen must have a total value less than $950. Most petty thefts occur when someone takes something small in value from a retail store and gets caught. Sometimes people are carrying many things and truly forget that they put the item in their purse or pocket only to be stopped by security once they exit the store. Unfortunately, this will often still lead to an arrest. However, the fact you forgot and did not have the intent to steal can be the basis for a possible defense.
Penal Code Section 503 defines embezzlement as the fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom it has been entrusted. Embezzlement includes stealing money from your employer or organization you may volunteer for as well as any other person or entity for which you have been entrusted.
Penal Code Section 602 defines trespassing as entering someone else’s property for the purpose of damaging their property or property rights or with the intention of interfering with, obstructing or injuring any lawful business carried on by the owner of that land. Most trespasses occur when someone goes onto another person’s property or business without their permission and often causes a disturbance.
If you have been charged with a theft crime, you may have certain defenses that should be explored, such as not having the intent to take someone else’s property. Additionally, we will explore the truthfulness of what has been alleged. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a theft crime, do not delay in contacting the criminal lawyers at Avazian & Avazian to protect your constitutional rights and potential defenses to these crimes. If you want attorneys who will fight to keep you out of jail and protect your rights, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Avazian & Avazian.
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