February 22, 2012 By Paul Wallin

California Penal Code 487 PC “grand theft” is a “wobbler”. This means that depending on (1) the circumstances of your case, and (2) your criminal history, the charge may be filed as either a misdemeanor or a felony. What will likely influence the prosecutor one way or another is (1) the amount of money or value of the property taken, (2) if you have prior convictions for theft related offenses, (3) how vulnerable the victim was, and (4) how sophisticated was the crime.

If you are convicted of grand theft as a misdemeanor, you face up to one year in a county jail. If you are convicted of grand theft as a felony, you face 16 months, or two or three years in state prison. However due to California’s new law AB-109, if you are convicted and sentenced to state prison for Grand Theft you will serve that time in the local county jail.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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