California Penal Code 463

Have you been charged with Looting? Violation of California Penal Code 463 is a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the way it is committed. MacGregor & Collins, LLP has over 30 years of combined legal experience defending California rioting and looting cases and will provide you with a free legal case evaluation to help you better understand your charges. Call or fill out our contact form to be contacted by a skilled OC burglary attorney about your PC 463 violation.


PC 463 Defined


California defines looting as stealing or burglarizing during a riot or public state of emergency. It is essentially taking advantage of a dire situation that is beyond the control of authorities.


Penalties for Violating CPC 463


Looting Penalties:


Looting via Petty Theft is a misdemeanor punishable by:


  • Imprisonment in the county jail between 90 days and 6 months


Looting via Grand Theft or Burglary can be a misdemeanor or felony, and those found guilty can face:


  • Misdemeanor: 180 days to one year in jail
  • Felony: up to 3 Years in the California State Prison


Looting via Grand Theft with a Firearm is a felony punishable by:


  • 180 days to 3 Years in the California State Prison


Added Notes on California Looting:


It’s important to note that the above penalties carry very similar fines to the crimes under which looting is conducted (petty theft, grand theft, burglary or theft with a firearm). It’s noteworthy too that looting mandates minimum sentencing, whereas these other crimes don’t.


Legal Defenses for California Looting


Were you an innocent onlooker during a looting? It isn’t uncommon to get falsely accused by arresting officers in a situation of panic. Many looting cases occur during instances of hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, floods, or even before a looming crisis where a curfew had been declared. Looting can unfold from the minute a state of emergency is announced, to when this declaration has been lifted.


If you are facing charges for Looting under California Penal Code Section 463, we can help. MacGregor & Collins are ready to provide you the OC criminal defense attorney services you need. We will help you understand the charges against you and do our best to get you the best possible outcome for your case. Call MacGregor & Collins today at (888) 250-2865.

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