The court system in California can hand down harsh penalties for any act of theft. The theft of motor vehicles often results in particularly high fines and even a lengthy period of incarceration. Fortunately, you can get help dealing with grand theft auto accusations in Lancaster right now.
Start working on your defense today by contacting the Simmrin Law Group. Our grand theft auto lawyers in Torrance are ready to focus on the facts surrounding your case. Let us work to:
- Investigate Your Case
- Block Evidence Against You
- Assess Any Plea Bargains
- Handle All Legal Hurdles
Call Us Right Away After a Grand Theft Auto Arrest
Getting legal help on your side as soon as you can after you are arrested for grand theft auto can make your defense stronger. A criminal defense lawyer in Lancaster can begin working for you right away. Let us:
Help You Deal with Interviews
You will likely be questioned about the charges you are facing. You shouldn’t say anything about your case until you have a criminal defense lawyer present. Police officers and prosecutors can turn the things that you say against you.
Monitor the Police Investigation
Police officers are supposed to respect your rights after you are arrested. Sometimes, this doesn’t happen. We can keep an eye on their investigation. If they obtain evidence by violating your rights, we could be able to get the evidence thrown out, weakening their case.
We Understand Grand Theft Auto Charges in Lancaster
Grand theft auto is one of several charges used to prosecute acts of theft in Lancaster. Generally, grand theft auto charges are used if you are accused of taking – without the owner’s permission – a car, truck, van, motorcycle, or moped.
Individuals may be charged with grand theft auto if they take a vehicle:
- For Their Own Personal Use
- For Use as a Getaway Vehicle
- For Use as Scrap
Our understanding of grand theft auto charges can allow us to build you a strong defense. Let us put our professional experience to work for you, starting right now.
Go Over Penalties for Grand Theft Auto Convictions in Lancaster
Grand theft auto charges are prosecuted under California Penal Code Section 487(d)(1). According to this penal code, you could face misdemeanor or felony charges for a grand theft auto accusation. Felony charges are generally more common. They made lead to up to three years of time in prison.
You could also face basic fines of up to $10,000 if you are convicted of grand theft auto in Lancaster. Note that, if you are accused of stealing a particularly valuable vehicle, you may face sentencing enhancements that allow the court system to add time to your sentence.
A Plea Bargain May Help in Grand Theft Auto Cases
Generally, grand theft auto charges only apply if an individual planned to keep the vehicle they stole. If you took a vehicle and intended to bring it back, your criminal defense lawyer might work to secure you a plea bargain.
Plea bargains require you to plead guilty to a different criminal charge. In exchange for your guilty plea, prosecutors will offer you reduced penalties. California Vehicle Code Section 10851: Unlawful Taking or Driving of a Vehicle charges are sometimes offered as part of a plea bargain for grand theft auto cases.
Unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle occurs if someone:
- Takes Another Person’s Motor Vehicle
- Without Their Consent or Permission
- But Intends to Bring the Vehicle Back
Note that, in some cases, plea bargains work against you. You shouldn’t accept any plea bargain without allowing a criminal defense lawyer to assess it.
Build Your Defense with Legal Professionals Today
You may have other options if you are accused of grand theft auto in Lancaster. Your lawyer can go over all of the facts surrounding your case to determine how best to build your defense. The team at the Simmrin Law Group could work to show that you:
- Took a Motor Vehicle with Permission
- Are Facing False Accusations for Taking a Vehicle
Our legal team can work aggressively to defend you in and out of the courtroom. Let us work to get your charges reduced or even dismissed. We’re here to help you every step of the way.
Speak with a Lancaster Grand Theft Auto Lawyer Now
Getting help from legal professionals quickly can boost your chances of successfully resolving grand theft auto charges in Lancaster. Contact the Simmrin Law Group today to get the help you need. We can start handling your case with a FREE initial case evaluation.
Go over all of your legal options now by calling (310) 997-4688 or completing our online contact form to speak with a grand theft auto lawyer in Lancaster.