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.

This 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 legal rights.

Give me a call at 707-200-8948 or fill out our online form to request your case review.

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