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When Does Theft Become a Felony?

The term “theft crimes” actually encompasses a wide range of offenses, some of which are the most commonly committed crimes here in Lancaster. Depending on the offense you are charged with, and the unique circumstances of your case, you could be facing either misdemeanor or felony charges. In this blog, we explain what qualifies a theft crime as a more serious felony charge.

Misdemeanor Theft Crimes

In California, many theft crimes are “wobblers,” meaning they can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Other crimes, like petty theft, are misdemeanors for a first offense, but can be charged as a felony for a second or subsequent arrest. Crimes which are typically charged as misdemeanors include:

  • Petty theft (under $950)
  • Grand theft (over $950)
  • Grand theft of a firearm under $950
  • Second-degree burglary

Felony Theft Crimes

Although misdemeanor criminal charges are no joke, felony charges can be far more serious. Theft crimes will typically be charged as felonies if they were violent, committed by force, or involved a substantial amount of money. Some offenses which are generally charged as felonies include:

  • Grand theft of a firearm over $950
  • Carjacking
  • Robbery
  • First-degree burglary

In addition to the standard penalties for a conviction, many of these crimes also count as a “strike” toward California’s three strikes law. It is because of this severe, life-altering impact that it is so crucial to retain a skilled Lancaster criminal defense attorney if you’re facing any type of theft crime charges.

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At Karpel Law Group, our experienced Lancaster theft crime lawyer understands the true consequences of a criminal conviction. When you retain our firm, we will work tirelessly to resolve your case in your best interests, whether through settlement or in trial. We realize that most people can’t afford to spend years fighting criminal charges in court, which is why we take the time to craft a legal strategy which is completely aligned with your goals.

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