Theft crimes are crimes of “moral turpitude” and “priorable”.
What does that mean?
A “moral turpitude” crime is a crime that reflects on one’s ethical character. It may hinder getting a license such as a real estate or insurance license.
A “priorable” offense is one where each conviction can result in greater punishment.
Any theft related offense can result in a variety of crimes – robbery, burglary, petty theft, or grand theft. And as such, these offense vary from misdemeanor to felony charges.
Robbery involves an intentional taking or personal property by use of force or threat of force. The crime of robbery is usually charged as a felony punishable by prison.
Burglary involves an intentional/unlawful entry into a dwelling place. In many jurisdictions, burglary can also be charged for unlawful entry into a commercial building as well. This crime is a “wobbler” as it can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor.
Petty vs grand theft:
Petty theft is an intentional taking of personal property of less than $950 value.
Grand theft is an intentional taking of personal property of greater than $950 value.
Whether your case is filed as a misdemeanor or felony depends on a lot of factors so if you or a family member has been arrested it is best to contact an attorney to a professional opinion about what you are dealing with.
If you have been arrested or charged with a misdemeanor or felony in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, or Orange County, call the Law Firm of Antonio R. Garcia for a consultation – (323) 547-0813.