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Misdemeanor & Felony Theft Charges

  • Misdemeanors - Under California Proposition 47, a number of non-violent theft crimes were reduced to misdemeanors. Generally, a theft crime will be prosecuted as a misdemeanor if it is considered non-serious and non-violent, if the property taken is valued at less than $950, and if the defendant does not have an aggravating criminal record. Misdemeanor theft crimes still carry stiff punishment.
  • Felonies - Theft crimes can be prosecuted as felonies if they involve aggravating circumstances such as violence, injuries to victims, firearms, or if the value of the property stolen is greater than $950. If a theft crime involves a federal agency, it could be prosecuted as a federal offense. Felony theft crimes demand the attention of experienced lawyers.

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