Santa Rosa Grand Theft Auto Attorney
California’s Laws Regarding Grand Theft Auto
In California, grand theft auto is the act of taking of another vehicle
that belongs to someone else with the intention of permanently depriving
the owner of that vehicle.
Grand theft auto is defined under California Pen. Code §487 as the
taking of property with value exceeding $950. This does not include situations
involving “joy rides” as the intention in these situations
is not to permanently deprive the owner, but rather to temporarily remove
it. However, if someone was to take a vehicle to a chop shop, they would
face grand theft auto charges.
theft crime can be considered either a
felony or a
misdemeanor depending on the details and circumstances of the crime. If it is tried
as a misdemeanor, penalties will include up to one year in jail. If tried
as a felony, it could be punishable by 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in jail.
What Is Carjacking?
The state takes carjacking much more seriously than grand theft auto as
it incorporates the element of violence. Defined under California Pen.
Code § 215, carjacking is a felony involving the taking of a motor
vehicle from the possession of another against the owner’s will
with the intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the owner
of the vehicle. However, for the crime to be considered carjacking, the
taking of the vehicle must have been done with force or fear.
Someone convicted of carjacking faces imprisonment in state prison for
3, 5, or 9 years.
Strong Auto Theft Defense in Santa Rosa, CA
If you or someone you love has been accused of stealing a vehicle, it is
critical that you get a skilled defense lawyer who can look out for your
best interests. My name is Attorney Joe Bisbiglia, and I am here to help
you. With extensive trial experience, I have the know-how and the skill
to help protect your legal rights and can work with you to defend your
Give me a call at 707-200-8948 or
fill out our online form to request your case review.