Theft Crimes | San Diego Law Blog
Misdemeanors and felonies can be a complicated topic for the everyday person to understand, especially when faced with criminal charges. In cases of petty theft, the difference relies on the judgment of the prosecution, who may make a decision based on your history, the nature of the crime, and, most importantly, the amount of money involved in the crime.
In a society obsessed with social media and online content, internet privacy has become a major concern to most Americans. Cases of identity theft, large and small, are becoming increasingly more common. However, many questions still exist as to how identity theft is defined and prosecuted.
Burglary, robbery, and theft are terms that are often used interchangeably. However, California Penal Code separates burglary, robbery, and theft into individual crimes. Each has its own provisions and its own possible penalties. So what are the differences between these crimes?
Throughout the State of California, theft is considered either grand or petty. Both of these are crimes against another individual’s property, and the category that your theft will fall under depends on the amount of property stolen, and how the property was stolen. So what is the difference between grand theft and petty theft?
California Penal Code §487 classifies grand theft as the criminal act of illegally taking, stealing, embezzling, transporting or otherwise carrying the personal property, goods, money, and/or possessions belonging to another person and valued at more than $950. An employee’s or worker’s aggregate theft of at least $950 in currency, labor, real estate, vehicles, animals or other personal property from his or her employer, over a one year period, also qualifies as grand theft. There are certain circumstances, in which the illegal possession of certain objects or materials of a lesser value, could warrant a grand theft charge as well.
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