is committed when the money, labor, or real
or personal property taken is valued at more
than four-hundred dollars. Grand theft,
either as a felony or misdemeanor, is
punishable by for up to one year in county
jail or state prison. In special cases
involving grand theft of a firearm, theft is
punishable with a minimum sentence of 16
months and a maximum sentence of 3 years in
skillful attorney can keep a person
convicted of even felony grand theft out of
jail. Also, Grand Theft can be charged as a
Grand theft cases filed as felonies can also
be reduced to misdemeanors. Probation will
suspend the imposition of harsher sentence
so long as certain conditions of behavior
are obeyed by the convicted person. If
probation is completed successfully, a
person can have a felony conviction for
theft reduced to a misdemeanor upon proper
motion to the court. However, in felony
grand theft cases involving property loss
over one-hundred thousand dollars, probation
is not allowed. Moreover, if the
felony grand theft involves a loss of over
fifty-thousand dollars, the Court is
required to impose an additional year of
jail. If the felony grand theft involves a
loss of over one-hundred and fifty thousand
dollars, the Court will impose an additional
two years of jail to the offender.
remember that you have constitutional rights
that need to be protected. If you have been
arrested for grand theft, please keep these
seven points in mind:
the undeniable right to have your
attorney present with you at every stage
of the proceedings.
the undeniable right to a public trial
by an impartial jury.
the undeniable right to remain silent
before and during trial. No one can
force you to testify against yourself.
the undeniable right at trial to hear
and question all witnesses who testify
the undeniable right at trial to have
witnesses testify on your behalf.
the undeniable right to appeal a
determination of guilt after a trial has
You are presumed innocent until a
criminal charge is proven "beyond a
reasonable doubt" or you enter a plea of
If you are
charged with a theft crime you must speak to
an experienced attorney so that he can
properly evaluate your case. We will discuss
your rights and possible defenses.
Developing a defense strategy early on in
the case is an important step prior to
discussing settlement or going to trial.
Call The Sheena Law Firm
immediately to discuss your case if you or a
loved one are accused of grand theft.