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Grand Theft Vs. Petty Theft. What Are the Differences?

Theft crimes are some of the broadest crimes. From shoplifting to grand theft auto, the charges and penalties can vary greatly. It can be helpful to understand the differences between these crimes, especially if you or a loved one have been accused of committing a similar type of theft crime.

Comparing Grand & Petty Theft

Some of the most common theft crimes include grand theft and petty theft. Though they are very similar in nature, they involve much different penalties and consequences. Petty theft involves taking another's property without permission, in order to deprive them of it. Previously, laws had petty theft as any theft of property valued at $400 or below. This recently changed in the past years to $950, allowing more breathing room between grand theft and petty theft. In comparison, grand theft includes the taking of any property over $950 in value.

You will face the following penalties for each crime:

  • Petty theft: As a misdemeanor offense, petty theft can carry up to six months in jail and up to a thousand dollars in fines.
  • Grand theft: This type of crime can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor. As a felony, it will carry up to three years in state prison with additional fines. A misdemeanor will only result in up to a year in county jail.

If you have any prior convictions of theft, you may face even more severe charges. For this reason, it is crucial that you retain legal counsel regarding your charges. Whether you have been accused of petty theft or grand theft, you need to protect your future and your freedom!

Need to talk with a Fresno criminal defense attorney about your case? Contact Andritch & Aed to discuss your case in a free, initial consultation. We have years of experience and are prepared to fight your theft crime charges.

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