Property Crimes and Grand theft

Been charged with a theft crime?  Is it a strike?  Will I go to prison?  Burglary?  Petty Theft?  Robbery? Larceny?  Embezzlement?  Have questions?  Call Jonathan Rooker, a practicing Criminal Defense & DUI Lawyer in Fresno and the surrounding counties including Madera, Tulare, and Kings Counties.

Theft crimes are heavily prosecuted in Fresno County.  They can have serious consequences, including prison time.  There are various types of theft, but in general, any amount greater than $950 cab result in a charge of grand theft, but that can vary depending.  Ag related theft in the Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings County region is very common, and harsh sentences can be handed down.  The Central Valley is an agricultural region, which is vulnerable to Ag theft.  Fresno Attorney Jonathan Rooker is an experienced lawyer who was raised in a small Ag town in rural Fresno County, he understands the facts related to Ag theft and the law.  If you are accused of grand theft, you may want to contact a lawyer who can help evaluate your case and factual situation to advise you on how to proceed.

The extent the legislature went to define the exact Ag related merchandise, types of animal, types of fruits, vegetables, even mollusks should give the reader a clear understanding that the State of California takes Ag related theft very serious.  Grand theft of general property must reach a value in excess of $950 dollars before Grand Theft applies, however, Ag product theft only needs to reach $250 to become grand theft.  The Valley being the strongest agricultural region in the nation, with Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings Counties being the heart of that Agricultural, you can be sure that Ag theft is taken very seriously in these counties.  If you are charged with a theft related crime in Fresno or the surrounding areas, you should consider seeking out the advice of a lawyer to help with your case.  Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Rooker has free consultations available for your criminal defense needs..

PC 487 Grand Theft

Grand Theft is committed in any of the following cases:

PC 487(a) When the money, labor, or real or personal property taken is of a value exceeding nine hundred fifty dollars ($950), except as provided in subdivision (b).

PC 487(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), grand theft is committed in any of the following cases:

PC 487(b)(1)(A) When domestic fowls, avocados, olives, citrus o deciduous fruits, other fruits, vegetables, nuts, artichokes, or other farm crops are taken of a value exceeding two hundred fifty dollars ($250).

PC 487(b)(1)(B) For the purposes of establishing that the value of domestic fowls, avocados, olives, citrus or deciduous fruits, other fruits, vegetables, nuts, artichokes, or other farm crops under this paragraph exceeds two hundred fifty dollars ($250), that value may be shown by the presentation of credible evidence which established that on the day of the theft domestic fowls, avocados, olives, citrus or other deciduous fruits, other fruits, vegetables, nuts, artichokes, or other farm crops of the same variety and weight exceeded two hundred fifty dollars ($250) in wholesale value.

PC 487(b)(2) When shellfish, mollusks, crustaceans, kelp, algae, or other aqua-cultural products are taken from a commercial or research operation which is producing that product, of a value exceeding two hundred fifty dollars ($250).

PC 487(b)(3) Where the money, labor, or real or personal property is taken by a servant, agent, or employee from his or her principal or employer and aggregates nine hundred fifty dollars ($950) or more in any 12 consecutive month period.

PC 487(c) When the property is taken from the person of another.

PC 487(d) When the property is taken is any of the following:

PC 487(d)(1) An automobile, horse, mare, gelding, any bovine animal, any caprine animal, mule, jack, jenny, sheep, lamb, hog, sow, boar, gilt, barrow, or pig.

PC 487(d)(2) A firearm

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