Grand Theft - Penal Code 487
In California, grand theft under Penal Code 487 is committed when:
- a person takes by theft the money, labor, or real or personal property from another, and
- the value of the theft exceeds $950
Grand theft is a "wobbler" charge, meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or as a felony. If convicted as a felony, you can be sentenced to county jail for sixteen (16) months, two (2) years, or three (3) years and if convicted as a misdemeanor, you can be sentenced to county jail for up to one (1) year.