California Penal Code sections 484 through 502 define the parameters of larceny (a.k.a. theft). Our Redwood City theft crime defense lawyer and legal team at The Law Offices of Robert G. Cummings are highly experienced and knowledgeable about theft offenses in California. We have represented clients like yourself against many different types of theft charges over the years we have been in practice.
The term “larceny” is synonymous with “theft” includes a wide range of activity, including:
Grand theft occurs when a person takes personal property with a value in excess of four hundred dollars. Grand theft under certain circumstances carries a sentence of up to three years in state prison. Petty theft occurs when the value of property taken in under $400, carries a sentence of up to 6 months in county jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Repeat shoplifters who have previous served time for theft related offenses can be prosecuted as felons under Penal Code section 666. A conviction under Penal Code section 666 can carry a three year state prison sentence. First time shoplifters who steal less than $50 worth of property can receive favorable treatment under Penal Code section 490.5. Sometimes prosecutors and judge can be coaxed into stretching the $50 limit to reduce cases in excess of this amount. It is important to have competent legal defense on your side, regardless of the severity of the charge.
Our attorney has prosecuted every type of theft case from misdemeanor petty shoplifting to felony complex corporate embezzlement. We are also experienced with identity theft, credit card-bank fraud, white-collar crime, and larceny by false pretenses.