Murrieta Grand Theft Defense Attorney
Providing Confident & Experienced Advocacy Since 1999
Grand theft is one of the most common
theft charges in California and is defined by the stealing of another’s
property that is equivalent in monetary value to $400 or more. Depending
on the exact value of the property, grand theft can be charged as either
a misdemeanor or a felony. At the Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates,
our Murrieta criminal defense lawyers want to help you understand the
laws regarding theft crimes in California and build an effective defensive strategy.
With more than 16 years of experience practicing
criminal defense law and an Avvo rating of 10.0 Superb, you can trust our firm to help
you face your charges with confidence. We are dedicated to providing our
clients with the personalized legal advocacy that they need and the supportive
assistance that they deserve.
The Penalties of Grand Theft
Grand theft charges are considered more serious than petty theft charges
and carry much more significant sentences. Additionally, grand theft is
considered a “wobbler” in California which means that it can
be charges as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Whether the crime is charged
as a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the value of the property that
was allegedly stolen.
A misdemeanor grand theft conviction can carry the following penalties:
- Three years of informal probation
- Jail sentence of up to 12 months
- Fines of up to $1,000
A felony grand theft can carry a sentence in state prison of 16 months,
two years, or three years depending on various factors of each case. Our
criminal defense firm can conduct thorough investigations and analysis
to build an effective case and pursue the best possible outcome for our clients.
With so much at stake when facing charges of grand theft, it is essential
to have an experienced legal advocate who can help you develop a defensive
strategy based on the facts and circumstances of your case. Our Murrieta
criminal defense attorneys have an extensive track record of success when
it comes to defending our clients, because we are familiar with local
prosecutors and judges and know what it takes to win cases.
Some of the most effective defenses to grand theft crimes include:
- Challenging the value of the property that was allegedly stolen to lessen
charges against the accused
- Arguing a lack of criminal intent if the accused did not intend to deprive
the alleged victim of the money or property
- Arguing consent or false accusation if the alleged victim’s version
of events is untrue
Let Our Experienced Attorney Fight For You
If you’re facing charges of grand theft, obtaining the right criminal
defense lawyer is essential to ensuring that your rights and freedoms
are protected. When you schedule your free consultation, our team will
address your questions and concerns and begin discussing your legal options
for defending grand theft charges. Our mission is to give you the confidence
of knowing that you have a dedicated and effective legal advocate in your corner.
Contact us online or call (951) 666-2600 to get started with a
free case evaluation.
Our office is located near the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, California.
We represent individuals in Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake
Elsinore, Hemet, Banning, Corona and Riverside areas.