Theft / Grand Larceny Defense

Theft crimes in California and the San Francisco Bay area can be treated as felonies depending on the dollar amount and the property stolen. Theft crimes are crimes that involve taking the personal property of another without their consent and with the intention of depriving the owner of his or her possessions. Under the California penal code §484 these include both misdemeanors and felonies of ranging severity. Without skilled legal defense, these charges can result in serious consequences.

One of the most common questions we receive is “What is the difference between Petty Theft and Grand Theft?” Anytime an individual steals property valued up to $950, it is considered petty theft and is typically a misdemeanor unless the person is a repeat offender or if the theft is part of an organized ring with the intent to sell the stolen goods.

Grand Theft are typically those that involve anything over $950 in value and can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. This offense may result in up to one year in prison as well as any additional consequences depending on the circumstance of the crime.

There are a number of defenses and court strategies to a theft case, including:

  • Wrong Identity
  • Permission to Possess
  • False Allegations


  • Burglary
  • Extortion
  • Grand Theft
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Petty Theft
  • Petty Theft With Prior
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Robbery
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft / Fraud
  • Fraud Crimes
  • Bank Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Computer Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Unemployment Insurance Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • Welfare Fraud

You Should Not Handle These Charges Alone

As with all Bay area criminal defense cases, the circumstances around the crime are important and we encourage you to seek legal advice from a Bay area criminal defense lawyer. At Krueger Legal, we offer a free consultation and would love to discuss the unique facts of your case and help guide you on next steps.

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