Southern California Theft Offenses – Potential Penalties

Our clients who have been charged with a Southern California theft offense face a range of potential consequences. They will be sentenced along a spectrum of penalties ranging from time in jail, to community service, to a fine depending. Where they land on the scale depends on the specific facts of the case and the value of the object stolen.

A theft offense will be charged as Grand Theft when the value of the merchandise stolen is over $400. For cases involving the theft of a firearm, potential consequences can range between 16 months imprisonment in state prison up to 3 years. (California Penal Code 489). For all other cases involving Grand Theft, the penalty will be up to one year in county jail or state prison.

A Southern California theft offense in which the value is under $400 will be charged as petty theft. Petty theft will be punished by a fine up to $1000, or up to 6 months in county jail, or both (California Penal Code 490).

The sentence that is imposed will depend on the factors surrounding your unique situation and how your case is presented in court by your Criminal Defense attorney. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to develop an effective defense after reviewing the specific facts. Over thirty years of experience is reflected in the expert manner with which Hoffman and Associates handles your case.

Our highly skilled staff works efficiently to weaken prosecution’s argument so that your potential penalty falls at the lower end of the sentencing scale. Good Criminal Defense attorneys, such as the professional staff at Hoffman and Associates, will keep your best interests in mind and fight hard to get you the best results possible!