California Penal Code 484A

Theft is the stealing of goods belonging to someone else. California Penal Code 484 A classifies different types based on the value of goods stolen, as well as where, how and what types of goods were stolen.

There are several types described in California Penal Code 484 A. It entails taking an individual’s property without their consent, and through false pretenses, larceny or embezzlement. These are described in detail below.

The Elements of PC 484 A

Elements of PC 484 a violations may include one or more of the following:

  • Someone illegally took possession of a property belonging to someone else
  • Someone deceived someone by taking possession of a property that was entrusted to them
  • Someone impersonated or defrauded others for financial gain

Types of Theft

Petty Theft

The act of stealing items valued under $950.
Consequences for Petty Theft:

  • Up to six months in jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

Grand Theft

The act of stealing items valued over $950.
Consequences  include either:

  • Up to I Year in the jail
  • Up to $1,000 fines


  • 16 Months-2-3 Years in Prison
  • Up to $10,000 fines

Other Types of Theft Crimes

Embezzlement – happens in cases where goods stolen were entrusted to the accused. The penalties for embezzlement are the same as petty or grand, depending on the value of items stolen.

Burglary – is the act of entering a property with the intent to steal or commit another crime. The penalties for burglary include:

  • First Degree Burglary carries penalties of up to six years in the California State Prison; and up to $10,000 in fines
  • Second Degree Burglary – carries the following penalties:
    • Misdemeanor 2nd Degree Burglary – Up to I Year in Jail | Up to $6,000 in fines
    • Felony 2nd Degree Burglary – up to 3 Years in prison | up to $10,000 in fines

Robbery – is considered stealing through the application of force or fear. The penalties for robbery include:

  • First Degree Robbery carries penalties of three, four, or six years in prison
  • First Degree Robbery carries penalties of two, three or five years in prison

Forgery – is the act of changing a legal document, or forging someone else’s signature for financial gain. The consequences for forgery include:

  • Misdemeanor – Up to I Year in the Jail; up to $1,000 in fines
  • Felony – 16 Months, 2 or 4 Years in Prison; up to $10,000 in fines

Receiving Stolen Property – is when someone knowingly retains or purchases stolen items. The penalties for this crime include:

  • Misdemeanor: Jail: up to 1 yr
  • Felony: Prison: up to 16 months| 2| 3 yrs

How to Fight Charges in California

A penal code conviction can affect an accused in more ways than one. As an example, a convicted theft may find it challenging to secure employment, get approved for professional licensing, resume current employment and more.

When facing serious charges such as these, contacting an Orange County burglary defense lawyer should be a top priority. Call us today at 888-250-2865. A free professional consultation with one of our skilled PC 484 a defense lawyers can help give you the information you need to be successful.

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