Petty Theft (Penal Code Section 488)-Misdemeanor with a maximum of 6 months jail/fines/probation.
Petty Theft with a Prior Conviction (Penal Code 666)-Can be charged as either a Misdemeanor or Felony. A Misdemeanor Petty theft with a Prior carries one year maximum in county jail. A Felony carries a maximum of 3 years in prison.
Grand Theft (Penal Code 487) is the theft of property over $950 in value. This can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, carrying potential of 1 year or 3 years respectively of custody time.
Embezzlement This is a common charge for persons that are alleged to have stolen while serving as an employee or trustee of a business. This is a “wobbler” that can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony depending primarily on how much was stolen.
Commercial Burglary (Penal Code 459, aka 2nd Degree Burglary) Can also be charged as a Misdemeanor or a Felony with a maximum of 1 year or 3 years, respectively.
Residential Burglary (Penal Code 459, aka 1st Degree Burglary) is always a felony and carries a maximum of 6 years in prison. A Residential Burglary is a strike offense.
Auto Burglary (Vehicle Code 10851) Basically, the burglary of the contents of a car. This can be treated as a misdemeanor or felony.
Robbery (Penal Code 211) is Always a felony and always a strike. To prove a robbery, the prosecution has to show that you acquired the victim’s property by fear or force. If they allege that a weapon was used, this nearly doubles your sentence. An allegation that a gun was used, adds 10 years to a Robbery.
Retaining Attorney Steven K. Bloom has made the difference in salvaging hundreds of people’s lives who have been charged with theft crimes in Orange County and can absolutely make the difference in your case.