Under California’s criminal laws, not all theft is equal.
The principal distinction in our California theft laws is between grand theft and petty theft. What makes a crime one or the other depends on the alleged value of property stolen. Despite the name, the bar may be set lower than you would think for a crime to be classified as “grand theft”.
While any theft crime must be taken very seriously, the punishments associated with a conviction for grand theft are more serious. A small mistake or error of judgment can affect your entire life.
Apart from the potential jail time, a lifelong criminal record will likely affect many aspects of your life, from employment to your travel freedoms.
For the best possible chance of avoiding the most serious consequences of a conviction, contact our team of experienced grand theft lawyers at The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian in Orange County for a diagnosis of your case.
Grand theft laws are outlined in California Penal Code Section 487. The principal section of interest reads as follows:
“Grand theft is theft committed in any of the following cases: (a) When the money, labor, or real or personal property taken is of a value exceeding nine hundred fifty dollars ($950) …”
A conviction for domestic battery in Orange County is usually punishable as a misdemeanor and could subject you to:
- A county jail sentence of up to one year, and/or
- A maximum fine of $2,000
- Court and restitution fine fees
- A 52-week Batterer’s Treatment Program
In most cases, if it is your first domestic battery offense (and you have no other criminal record), The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian will fight to persuade the prosecutor and/or the judge to grant informal (or summary) probation instead of jail time.
Probation is usually contingent on the defendant completing domestic violence classes, also called the batterer’s treatment program or another suitable counseling program.
In domestic violence or battery cases, the judge’s first duty is to protect the alleged victim and the public. A thorough investigation will be performed to see if protective orders or restraining orders are warranted by the court.