California Penal Code 487

Have you been charged with Grand Theft in California? A violation of PC 487 can result in severe consequences, including years in prison and costly fines. If convicted, you could lose opportunities throughout your lifetime including access to certain employment and financial aid options. Too often, those who commit grand theft made a poor decision that does not properly reflect who they are as people. Without proper legal guidance, you could find yourself making mistakes that negatively affect your case outcome and result in time spent behind bars.


At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, our Southern California criminal attorneys have decades of experience assisting clients inside and outside of the courtroom. In many cases, those who seek out our services are in need of more than just legal representation; they are looking for someone to help them escape a life of crime and get back on the right track. Call us today to receive a free case evaluation with no obligation to retain our services from attorneys who are committed to helping their clients.


PC 487 Defined


In order to prosecute for Grand Theft, the state has the burden to prove you are guilty of theft other than petty theft. This means:


  • The accused took possession of property owned by someone else
  • The accused took the property without the owner’s consent
  • When the accused took the property he or she intended to do so for so much time that the owner would be deprived of most of the property’s value
  • The accused moved the property and kept it for any period of time.


Potential Penalties for PC 487 Violations


The penalties or penal code punishment for grand theft depends on a number of factors including your criminal history and the circumstances surrounding the case. Grand theft can be filed under (felony or misdemeanor), and those found guilty can face:




  • Up to I Year in the Orange County Jail
  • A maximum $1,000 fine



  • 16 Months-2-3 Years in the California State Prison
  • A maximum $10,000 fine


Grand Theft Legal Defense


If you are facing charges for grand theft, we can help. By utilizing the services of our Orange County theft attorneys, you could be able to obtain a not guilty verdict or even have the evidence in your case deemed inadmissible. There are instances where police officers conduct illegal searches, after which a skilled criminal attorney is able to convince the court that it is inadmissible. Call us today to find out how we can help you stay out of jail.

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