Petty theft is the taking of property or money that is valued at $400 or less. This is a misdemeanor and may be punished with a sentence of up to six months in jail, along with significant court fines, restitution, community service, counseling and probation.

Grand theft is the taking of property or money that belongs to another that is valued at $400 or more without the other person’s consent. Felony theft crimes may be result in a prison sentence, court fines, restitution to both the victim and law enforcement, probation or parole, reimbursement for the cost of supervision, and counseling. All theft cases will be used to increase future punishment if a person is convicted of a crime in the future.

Some theft crimes that were historically considered felonies have now been reclassified as misdemeanors following the passage of Proposition 47.
Common San Diego County theft crimes include:

  • PC 484 – Shoplifting or petty theft
  • PC 487(a) – Grand Theft
  • PC 666 – Petty Theft with a Prior
  • PC 215 – Carjacking
  • PC 211 – Robbery
  • PC 459 – Burglary
  • PC 503 – Embezzlement

Because of the significant consequences to a person charged with a theft crime, it’s important to immediately hire a San Diego criminal defense attorney as soon as you are either investigated or charged with an offense. Unlike other lawyers, Paul A. Hefley Jr. works exclusively as a criminal lawyer. He has the knowledge and experience to determine the best path forward for your criminal defense case. Please contact our office to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.