Theft Defense Attorney in Orange County, CA
Have you been arrested for the unlawful taking of a vehicle?
It can be tricky to deal with criminal cases involving the
theft of a vehicle, because it can be difficult to prove where it was a permanent
theft or whether the intention was to simply "borrow" the vehicle
for a short period of time. There are two different areas of the law that
will handle this type of theft. You will therefore need to be confident
that you have an experienced criminal lawyer that you can trust to help
you address your unique situation and provide a fitting defense tailored
to your circumstances.
On one hand, grand theft auto is legally defined under California Penal
Code §487(d)(1) - this states that it is considered to be "grand
theft" should the theft involve an automobile of any kind, regardless
of the estimated market value of the motor vehicle. On the other hand,
it is also legally defined in §10851 of the 2010 California Vehicle
Code which states that it is considered to be a criminal offense to take
a vehicle that does not belong to the defendant. This is more commonly
referred to as "joyriding."
Orange County Theft Lawyer: Defending Against Grand Theft Auto
It can be difficult to determine which under which law the defendant will
be prosecuted, however, it is important to realize that most of these
crimes will rest on the crux of intentions. Should it be proven that the
intention of the defendant was to temporarily deprive the owner of the
vehicle, it will most likely be tried as joyriding under §10851 VC
and will be considered to be a misdemeanor. If the prosecutor argues that
it was meant to be a permanent theft, it will be tried as grand theft
auto under §487(d)(1) of the California Penal Code which is typically
a felony charge.
This is also a foundation for a criminal offense. If the car was broken
into prior to the theft, it can be elevated to auto
burglary. If there was violence in the criminal act, it could be considered carjacking.
Regardless, it is highly important that you get a knowledgeable
Orange County criminal defense attorney that you can rely upon. At the Law Offices of Virginia Landry, we recognize
what is on the line with criminal cases of this nature and we are fully
prepared to help our clients defend their legal rights to the very best
of our abilities. Give us a call today to discuss your case more in-depth.
Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. if you've been
arrested for the theft of a vehicle and are facing criminal charges relating
to joyriding, grand theft auto or even carjacking. A skilled Orange County
theft attorney could fight relentlessly to have your charges reduced or