In Southern California, grand theft auto is considered one of the most serious property crimes. Unfortunately, many defendants are put behind bars due to a mistake of fact or misunderstanding. In order to launch a strong defense and protect your future, you need to get back home to your family where you can work closely with your lawyer. To do that, you need bail today.
If you or someone you love was arrested for grand theft auto, contact Balboa Bail Bonds today to get bail posted. We have years of experience helping defendants being charged with serious theft crimes and can provide continuous support throughout your case. All of our staff have at least five years of experience in the industry and are fluent in Spanish. We accept a variety of payment methods, including Visa, MasterCard, Amex, cash, checks, and money orders, and can craft an affordable payment plan that works for you and your family. Call us 24/7, any day of the week, at (619) 760-2222.
California treats grand theft auto, or Penal Code 487(d)(1) PC, as a specific type of grand theft charge. Under our state’s theft laws, it is illegal for you to take another person’s property without the owner’s consent with the intent of depriving them of the property for a significant amount of time or devaluing it. This can apply to any form of property.
Theft crimes are split between petty theft and grand theft based on the value of the property. Petty theft applies to any property worth less than $950, while grand theft applies to property worth $950 or more. In most cases, stealing another person’s car is treated as grand theft. As such, it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony based on the severity of the crime.
If you are convicted of grand theft auto, you can be sentenced to:
- Misdemeanor: Up to one year in county jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
- Felony: Up to three years in state prison and/or a $10,000 fine. If the vehicle is worth more than $65,000, it is an additional year in prison, and any vehicle worth more than $200,000 can add two years to a sentence.
It is important to note that grand theft auto is not the same as carjacking. Carjacking is a specific crime where you steal another person’s vehicle while she is operating it. If a defendant stole a car while it was parked outside the owner’s house, the crime is grand theft auto, not carjacking.
Grand theft auto is treated as a wobbler, and each county may have its own bail schedule, based on the severity of the crime, as well as the defendant’s criminal record and flight risk. In the bail process, a judge will meet with the defendant to determine if bail will be set and how high it will be.
No matter the amount, Balboa Bail Bonds can act quickly to get your or your loved one’s bail posted as soon as possible. We offer affordable payment plans and only charge a flat 10% premium. We have no hidden fees and offer discounts to members of the military. If you need help posting bail, we can get it paid as soon as possible.
In San Diego County, bail for grand theft auto is set at $25,000.
In Orange County, bail is set at $20,000.
Due to the high cost of bail for grand theft auto, many SoCal defendants struggle through their trials after sleepless nights in a jail cell, as their families worry about financing a bail bond. This makes it just that much harder to fight for their freedom. Here at Balboa Bail Bonds, we believe that every defendant deserves a fair trial and strong defense – and the first step is getting them home.
If you need to post bail for a grand theft auto charge, get ahold of one of our experienced bail bond agents immediately. We don’t just post bail and then forget about our clients until their bills are due – we support them and their families throughout the entire process. That includes answering their questions about the legal system, helping them understand their rights, and hand-crafting payment plans to fit their needs. We have strong relationships with San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County courts, allowing us to quickly post bail on our clients’ behalf. If you need to post bail today, call Balboa Bail Bonds at (619) 760-2222.