Burglary & Petty Or Grand Theft & Prop 47 Charges
Common San Diego Theft Charges
Some of the most frequently occurring types of theft cases are:
Grand theft: Grand theft in California is generally theft in an amount of more than $950. A theft above the $950 amount may be filed as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on a person’s criminal history, circumstances of the case as well as prosecuting agency’s internal filing policies. If convicted of grand theft, a person can face up to three years in custody. If the amount of theft is over $50,000, a person faces enhancements of one to two additional years in prison. These factors make it especially important to have the representation of San Diego theft attorney Mark Deniz.
Petty theft/shoplifting: A petty theft is generally theft in an amount of $950 or less. If a person has no criminal history, a San Diego petty theft is often charged as a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor petty theft conviction can result in six months’ jail time and fines of $1,000 plus penalty assessment and fees. Under recent California law, if a person has been convicted of three prior petty theft violations, and is charged with a fourth violation, the fourth violation can be charged as a felony.
Petty Theft Attorney
Proven Approach with results forged through Experience.
Petty theft is a charge that is very common in San Diego. It can be someone accidentally walking out of a Mission Valley store with an item while on the phone to a mother walking out of a department store distracted by her children. Because of the substantial consequences in any theft case, your first step is to contact trusted and experienced San Diego theft attorney Mark Deniz to deal with your case.
The Law Offices of Mark Deniz APLC focuses substantial efforts on first-time shoplifting and petty theft cases, and makes extraordinary efforts to steer cases away from court, whenever possible, and into alternatives such as “diversion” and other programs.
Get San Diego Theft Attorney On Your Side
If you have been accused of theft, you need the trusted and experienced San Diego theft attorney who understands effective and innovative approaches, someone who emphasizes creative resolutions for his clients in theft cases and provides personal attention for his clients. I, Mark Deniz, understand how a theft case, such as shoplifting, can have long-term consequences, such as a bar to future employment and significant negative immigration consequences for noncitizens. I work tirelessly for clients with theft cases, focusing on all available alternatives.
Contact me now at 858-429-9982 to find out about available strategies for your San Diego theft case.
What Is Proposition 47?
Prop 47 was passed in November 2014. It dramatically changed the landscape of theft crimes. It is a change that is imperative to know if you are facing these charges.
Specifically, the proposition will lower: (1) shoplifting, grand theft or receiving stolen property when the value stolen doesn’t surpass $950; (2) forgery or fraud where the value of the check, draft, order, bond or bill doesn’t surpass $950; (3) writing a bad check if the value doesn’t surpass $950; and (4) the person’s use of many illicit drugs.
The crimes that are covered by the new law are as follows:
- Penal Code 459, Commercial Burglary (during business hours and less than $950)
- Penal Code 470, Forgery (less than $950)
- Penal code 476(a), NSF Checks (less than $950)
- Penal Code 487, Grand Theft (less than $950)
- Penal Code 496(a), Possession of Stolen Property (less than $950)
- Penal Code 666/484(a), Petty Theft with Prior Convictions (less than $950)
- Health & Safety Code 11350(a), Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Health & Safety Code 11357(a), Possession of Concentrated Cannabis
- Health & Safety Code 11377(a), Possession of Methamphetamine