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In California, a theft offense may be charged as a petty theft or grand theft. Typically, a grand theft involves a theft of property valued at more than $950. In the case of auto theft, however, the prosecution does not have to prove that the value of the vehicle allegedly stolen exceeds $950.
If you have taken a vehicle that is not yours, you may have been charged with grand theft auto, or you may have been charged with the unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle (sometimes referred to as joyriding). If this is the case, please contact a Riverside and San Diego grand theft auto defense attorney by calling us at (951) 289-0962, at (858) 252-2743 or contact us by e-mail.
To convict a defendant of grand theft auto (GTA), the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to permanently deprive the owner of the vehicle (intent to steal).
To convict a person of the lesser offense of unlawful taking of a vehicle (joyriding), the prosecution must only prove that the defendant intended to temporarily deprive the owner of his or her vehicle (unlawfully drove the vehicle without the consent of the owner).
We are committed to zealously defending your freedom, record and rights. Fortunately, there are a number of defenses we may raise if you have been charged with grand theft auto:
In addition to such defenses that may be used at trial, we may negotiate with the prosecution to seek a favorable plea agreement. Since grand theft auto is often charged as a felony, a plea to a lesser misdemeanor offense may be in your best interests depending on the strength of the prosecution’s case. If you have been charged with misdemeanor joyriding, we may be able to negotiate a plea agreement that will help you avoid a criminal conviction or significantly reduce the penalties that are imposed by the court.
In some cases, individuals accused of grand theft auto may also be charged with auto burglary, since they have broken into the vehicle for the purpose of theft. We may seek a plea agreement in such cases to allow our client to plead guilty to just one offense and that offense might potentially be a lesser offense of joyriding or a related lesser offense.
Of course, there are numerous potential outcomes that may be obtained by negotiating a plea agreement or by fighting your charges at trial. If retained as your counsel, we will use our knowledge of California law and experience gained from defending hundreds of clients against criminal charges to actively pursue the most favorable result in your case.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our Riverside and San Diego grand theft auto lawyers, call (951) 289-0962, at (858) 252-2743 or contact us by e-mail.
3890 11th Street, #450
Riverside, CA 92501
Tel: (951) 289-0962 Fax: (951) 413-0027
501 W Broadway, Ste 800
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: (858) 252-2743 Fax: (619) 819-2038
473 E. Carnegie Dr., Ste 200
San Bernardino, CA, 92408
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