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Theft crimes are defined as the unlawful taking of the property of another with the specific intent to deprive that person of that property permanently. These crimes are comprised of Petty Theft; Grand Theft; Embezzlement; and etc. CPC 484-488; CPC 487

Petty theft occurs when a defendant is alleged to have taken the personal property or services (valued at less than $400.00) of another with the intent to permanently deprive that person of his/her property.

Grand theft on the other hand results when a defendant is alleged to have taken the personal property or services (valued at more than $400.00) of another with the intent to permanently deprive that person of his/her property. You may be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the market value of the property taken.

The conviction of these crimes may also cause deportation proceedings for non-citizens. If you’re charged with a theft crime, you need an experienced attorney to help you avoid jail time and deal with the immigration consequences.