California Grand Theft Auto
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Almost everyone has heard of “grand theft auto,” thanks to the popular video game. However, the crime of vehicle theft is no fun and games, resulting in serious penalties and permanent damage to your reputation.
The elements of California grand theft auto (GTA) include:
- The offender took a vehicle owned by another person
- The car was worth over $950 dollars (in most cases)
- You didn't have permission from the owner to take the vehicle
- When the offender took the vehicle, he or she intended to deprive the owner of it permanently or take it away from the owner for a long period of time to deprive the owner's value or enjoyment of it.
If you are facing a grand theft auto charge in Ventura County, Wilfert Law, PC is committed to protecting your rights, reputation, and freedom. With more than a decade of experience, our Ventura criminal defense lawyer has successfully helped clients obtain favorable results in various theft crimes.
Penalties for Auto Theft in California
Grand theft auto (GTA) is considered a wobbler in California, meaning that it may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The determination of the charge depends on the circumstances of the crime and the offender's previous criminal history.
A first-time offense may be charged as a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum county jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $5,000. However, GTA is often charged as a felony, punishable by a prison sentence of 16 months, two or three years.
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