Grand Theft Auto Charges
Theft Crime Lawyers in Riverside with 100+ Years’ Experience
When it comes to
theft crimes, there are varying degrees of severity—and varying degrees of penalties.
Grand theft auto is high on the list of serious theft offenses. If you
or a loved one has been accused of such a crime, speaking with a Riverside
theft crime lawyer at Blumenthal Law Offices is imperative. Our
criminal defense firm can proudly and strategically represent you, ensuring that you have
a voice in court and the superb counsel you need when it counts.
What Is California’s “Grand Theft Automobile” Law?
Penal Code 487(d)(1) PC and Vehicle Code 10851 VC are clear: Vehicle theft
is a serious offense with serious repercussions.
There are two offenses related to unlawfully taking a vehicle:
- Penal Code 487(d)(1) PC – Grand theft automobile
- Vehicle Code 10851 VC – Illegal taking or operation of a motor vehicle;
What’s the difference? It all boils down to the accused individual’s
alleged intention behind his / her action. How long did the alleged thief
plan on keeping the car? Grand theft auto is the charge levied against
those who took a vehicle with the intention of keeping it or operating
it for a long while. Joyriding is the charge that will most likely be
levied against individuals accused of taking a vehicle for a short ride
without the owner’s permission.
Is Grand Theft Auto a Felony Charge?
The charge of grand theft auto is what is known as a “wobbler.”
This means that it is not necessarily a felony charge or a misdemeanor
charge; it can be charged as either. Some of the factors that may influence
how grand theft auto will be charged in your case include your previous
criminal history, if applicable. In most cases, however, grand theft auto
is considered a felony. Penalties may include either 16 months, 2 years,
or 3 years of incarceration and / or a fine of $10,000 or less.
How Seriously Does Law Enforcement Take Grand Theft Auto?
The rate of auto theft has been declining throughout the United States
for a number of years. This may be tied to the fact that police officers
take these cases seriously and have a high success rate when it comes
to finding and recovering stolen automobiles. In fact, in the year 2011,
approximately 85% of stolen cars in the state of California were recovered.
You Need Tough Defense. Blumenthal Law Offices Can Help.
If you or a loved one faces a serious theft crime charge such as grand
theft auto, it is imperative that you retain knowledgeable and efficient
legal counsel as soon as possible. In the event of a criminal accusation,
your freedom is only as good as the lawyer in your corner. Our lawyers
have more than a century of combined legal experience, which we are proud
to offer the criminally accused in Inland Southern California. With a
long track record of success in a wide range of criminal cases, you can
wholeheartedly trust a Riverside criminal defense lawyer from our firm.
Call Blumenthal Law Offices
now at (951) 682-5110 to find out more, starting with a no-charge consultation.