Grand Theft Auto Defense Attorney in Los Angeles & OC

In the state of California, a theft charge can be considered either a case of petty theft, or grand theft, depending on the estimated cost of the stolen item. Usually, a petty theft constitutes anything stolen that is valued at less than $950. But in the case of a stolen vehicle, this rule does not apply. Which means, no matter the car, you could be liable for grand theft charges. If you’ve been accused of taking a car, then you are either being charged with unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle (commonly referred to as “Joyriding”) or Grand Theft Auto. And no matter what, you need to call The Sehat Law Firm to help you out of this situation.

Can Grand Theft Auto Charges Land Me In Prison?

Remember, this is a serious crime. Even just taking the car and holding it in your possession can be make you liable for Grand Theft Auto charges. In the state of California alone, the

charge for even a first offense of this type can range from sixteen months, two years, or even three years in state prison. And that’s if you have no other pending charges against you. Some plaintiffs even end up with a fifteen years in prison and $100,000 in fines. Don’t let this happen to you or someone you love.

The Importance of Car Ownership and Consent

To be convicted of Grand Theft Auto, the prosecutor must be able to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury, that the defendant intended to permanently deprive the owner of the vehicle. This is considered the intent to steal. In other cases, however, the charges could be argued down to the significantly lesser offense for joyriding. In this case, the prosecution must only prove that the intent was to drive the vehicle without the consent of the automobile’s owner. And a number of emergencies can come up that would require such a situation. So don’t find yourself trapped in judgement before you’ve even spent a day in court. The Sehat Law Firm is well versed in these kind of cases, and knows how to win them.

What If You Weren’t Stealing a Vehicle?

At The Sehat Law Firm, we will do everything in our power to combat these charges, and to defend your record and rights. We can work to prove that you had no intent to steal the vehicle, and that you merely were taking the automobile for a specific amount of time and/or distance. We can use our experience in cases like these to discover if there was any level of consent with the owner, which would automatically prove that you are not guilty of this criminal offense. And these cases can commonly see people brought before court on cases of mistaken identity or through other events.
If any of these applies to you or a loved one, then you owe it to yourselves to contact The Sehat Law Firm, and to let us help you out of this situation. We offer free consultation with a highly skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer Orange County, and can offer you the help you sorely need in these trying times.

We represent clients in all Los Angeles Superior Courts & Orange County Superior Courts, including the Harbor Justice Center (Newport Beach Courthouse), Central Justice Center, Westminster Superior Court, & Fullerton Superior Court.

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