Grand Theft Auto and Carjacking Cases Are Serious in California 2022
There has been a spike in car-related crimes nationwide over the last few years. California has seen a spike in car-theft related crimes as well.
In California, there are two main types of car-related thefts: Grand Theft Auto and Carjacking. While they may sound similar, they are very different crimes with very different consequences.
What is Grand Theft Auto?
Grand Theft Auto (California Penal Code 487) is a serious crime in California. Grand theft auto is defined as the taking of someone else’s property without their consent with the intent to permanently deprive them of that property. In other words, it’s stealing something worth more than $950.00.
What are some examples of grand theft auto?
Some examples of grand theft auto include stealing a car, taking a purse or wallet from someone’s car, or breaking into a car to steal items inside.
What are the consequences of grand theft auto?
If you are convicted of grand theft auto, you could face up to 3 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.00.
What evidence can be used in a criminal case?
In a grand theft auto case, the prosecution must prove that you took someone else’s property without their consent and with the intent to permanently deprive them of that property. This can be proven through eyewitness testimony, video footage, or physical evidence.
What are defenses to grand theft auto?
Some defenses to grand theft auto include mistake of fact, a claim of right, and consent.
What is carjacking?
Carjacking is a related crime to grand theft auto. Carjacking is the taking of a car from another person by force or threat of force.
More specifically, California Penal Code 215 defines carjacking as “the felonious taking of a vehicle in the possession of another, from his or her person or immediate presence, or from the person or immediate presence of a passenger of the vehicle, against his or her will and with the intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person in possession of the vehicle.”
Carjacking is a felony in California and is punishable by up to nine years in prison.
What is a Strike Under California law?
A strike under California law is a serious and violent felony. A strike can be added to your sentence if you are convicted of a crime that is classified as a “strike” under California’s Three Strikes Law.
Carjacking is considered a strike offense under California Law.
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