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What You Should Know About Theft Crimes in California

Few things are more damaging to a person and his or her life than being convicted of a theft crime. If you are currently facing theft crime charges, you must continue reading and reach out to an experienced Red Bluff criminal lawyer to learn more about theft crimes in California and how our legal team can fight your charges, every step of the way. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some examples of theft crimes?

The first thing you should understand is that “theft” is a blanket term for a wide array of crimes involving taking property from another party without their knowledge or consent. You should also know that in California, theft is referred to as “larceny.” There are several different types of theft, including the theft of real property, personal property, the value of labor or services, or the theft of money.

What happens if I am charged with a theft crime in California?

If you are charged with a theft crime in the state of California, you can expect to face a wide array of penalties. You should note that the dollar value of the theft will impact the charges you may face. The more costly the property or services you stole, the harsher the penalties you will face. The penalties for theft crimes in California are as follows:

  • Theft of property valued at $950 or less: For this, you will face petty theft charges, which can entail up to six months in jail and a potential $1,000 fine.
  • Theft of property value at more than $950: For this, you will face felony grand theft charges, which can entail anywhere between six months and three years of incarceration.

You should also note that if you are found guilty of a theft crime, you will develop a criminal record. This can prevent you from getting certain jobs in the future, living in certain places, or even securing certain loans. Do not face your theft charges without an experienced Tehama County theft lawyer on your side. Our firm has helped countless people in your situation in the past, and we are here to fight for you as well.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.