Grand Theft

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If you have been charged with this crime, you need to contact a Palmdale criminal defense attorney and find out what you need to do to protect your rights. We at the Law Offices of David M. Wallin proudly serve Lancaster, Palmdale and Victorville and we are ready to fight for you 24/7.


California law describes grand theft as the unlawful taking of another person’s property that is valued above $950. Grand theft is known as a “wobbler” as it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case and the criminal history of the defendant. If it is charged as a felony, it can also count as a “strike” under California’s Three Strike law (a law that can add significant to penalties to someone charged with three felonies). A charge of grand theft can carry penalties such as one year in a county jail for a misdemeanor, or up to three years in prison for a felony.

In some cases a person can be charged with grand theft if the value of the property was under $950, such as:

  • Items stolen from an employer total more than $950 in a 12-month period
  • A firearm was taken (known as “grand theft firearm” or GTF)
  • An automobile was taken (known as
    “grand theft auto” or GTA)
  • The property taken was carried by another person (known as “grand
    theft person”)
  • Property taken was a certain animal (such as a horse, sheep, or pig)


Finding out that you have been charged with grand theft can be an extremely stressful and frightening experience. You may be worried about how the charges will affect your future and what it will do to your family when they find out. You may also be wondering if it is possible to defend yourself against the charges.

Defending grand theft charges takes the skill of an experienced theft crime lawyer familiar with these types of cases. Depending on the circumstances, your attorney may try to prove that you had consent to use/hold the property, or that you believed you had a good faith belief that you were entitled to the property. The laws that apply to grand theft can be complicated and it is vital that you have an attorney on your side to help you with your case.

Contact a Lancaster grand theft defense lawyer
if you have been charged with grand theft and are seeking skilled legal counsel.

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