Grand theft is the crime of taking someone else's property against their will with the intent of permanently depriving them of the property. In order to be considered grand theft, the total value of what was taken must exceed $950.00.
The term "property" in the grand theft definition can include money, labor, real, or personal property that lawfully belongs to another individual or group of individuals.
Defenses to Grand Theft Charges
- If you were given consent to use/hold the property, you are not guilty of this offense. However, once the consent is over, you must return the property.
- If the Defendent had the good faith belief that he was authorized to use the property (even if your belief was mistaken or unreasonable) so long as you could prove it was made with "good faith".
- If you obtained the property under a claim of right, (you thought you were the owner) you can't be convicted of grand theft.
We may be able to have felony grand theft charges reduced to misdemeanors. Also, if the police did not follow correct procedures this could result in a dismissal of your charges.