30+ Resources: California Theft Crimes

Learn About California's Laws On Theft.

Theft crimes involve the illegal taking of property which does not belong to you with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner. Below we outline theft crimes involving property, vehicles and theft by fraud.

Grand Theft, Petty Theft & Shoplifting
  • Grand Theft – Grand Theft can be a very serious charge. Learn about the legal defenses and penalties.
  • Petty Theft – In California this is a theft crime involving property of less than $950 of value.
  • Petty Theft With A Prior Conviction – If you have been convicted of a petty theft in the past and pick up a new case your prosecutor will take into account any prior convictions.
  • Shoplifting – This new misdemeanor section is separate and apart from petty theft and was created as part of Proposition 47 on Nov 4, 2014.
Informational Videos On Theft Crimes
Diana Aizman Discusses Petty Theft
Diana Aizman Discusses Petty Theft With A Prior Conviction
Diana Aizman Discusses Burglary Charges
Diana Aizman Discusses Grand Theft
Attorney Diana Aizman Discusses Robbery Charges
Property Theft
Vehicle Theft
  • Unlawful Taking Or Driving Of A Vehicle – Understand the elements of this crime which is often charged for people that do not return rental cars on time.
  • Grand Theft Auto – California’s law regarding the theft of a vehicle.
  • Carjacking – Learn about this theft by force which involves taking someone else’s vehicle while they were driving it.
Theft By Fraud
Additional Resources

Court Case Process

Understand the different parts of a criminl court case

Penalty Calculator

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