Grand Theft Charges in Orange County, CA

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California law makes a distinction between petty theft and grand theft. Both are defined as taking someone else's property without their consent; the decision to classify the theft as petty or grand depends upon the value of the stolen goods and the defendant's prior criminal record. If you have been arrested for grand theft, Anaheim criminal defense attorney Barney B. Gibbs will provide you with an aggressive defense that is specifically tailored to fit your individual case.

The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. We have represented clients in more than 2,500 cases, 1,100 of which were successfully dismissed. Throughout this time, we have developed an extensive knowledge of California law, as well as a familiarity with the local courts. This has allowed us to gain essential insight into the judges and prosecutors we commonly face. Our experience can be a tremendous advantage to you as we fight to defend you.

California Grand Theft Laws

In California, stolen money, goods, or property totaling $950 or less is considered petty theft. Anything over this amount is classified as grand theft and charged as a felony. There are some important exceptions, however. Theft of a firearm is classified as felony grand theft, as is stealing anything that is being carried on another person. In both cases, the monetary value of the stolen property is irrelevant. If you have been charged with either of these types of felony grand theft, you will need our experience to help you avoid receiving the maximum sentence allowed by law.

Grand theft can also be defined in the following ways:

  • Failure to return a leased or rented object
  • Fraud
  • Larceny
  • Embezzlement
  • Identity theft
  • Failure to finish a job for which you have already been paid

The penalties for theft can be severe. If you are faced with one of these charges, you will need a criminal defense lawyer in Orange County to navigate the complexities of your case. Barney Gibbs has been practicing criminal law since 1983. He is familiar with the local courts, judges, and prosecutors, and can use his knowledge to help get your charges reduced and in some cases, dismissed.

Penalties for Grand Theft

The penalties associated with grand theft can range from the minor to the extreme. The amount of the stolen property is only one factor affecting the severity of sentencing.

The following considerations also have an effect:

  • Was the theft much greater than $1,000?
  • Is this the defendant's first, second, or third offense?
  • How old was the victim?
  • Was anyone hurt as a result of the theft?

Regardless of the facts surrounding your grand theft charge, oftentimes Attorney Gibbs is usually able to get these charges reduced or dismissed. With his knowledge of criminal law and the personal attention he gives to each client, he often obtains sentences of probation, community service, and civil settlements where other lawyers settle for massive fines and jail time for their clients.

Protect Your Rights and Freedom!

If you are convicted of felony grand theft, you may be faced with consequences that go beyond your sentence from the court. For instance, many employers will not hire someone with a felony conviction on their record. In recent years, some landlords have also begun to disqualify rental applicants based on their criminal record. At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, our Anaheim criminal lawyer will pursue every possible avenue to keep your record clean.

Contact Barney Gibbs today for a free consultation!