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Grand Theft Auto

A violation of Vehicle Code Section 10851 is commonly referred to as Grand Theft Auto, or GTA.
Often times, California prosecutors will in addition to charging a defendant with Vehicle Code Section 10851 will also charge the accused with a violation of Penal Code 496; Possession of Stolen Property or Penal Code Section 666.5; Grand theft auto with a prior grand theft auto or any other theft crime conviction.  While, both Vehicle Code Section 10851 and Penal Code section 496 are deemed “wobbler” offenses in California, a violation of Penal Code section 666.5 is not a “wobbler” and therefore can not be reduced to a misdemeanor.

A “wobbler” offense can be charged as either felony or misdemeanor. A experienced defense attorney will attempt to reduced a felony grand theft auto charge to a misdemeanor upon filing a motion pursuant to Penal Code section 17(b). If you have been charged with grand theft auto in Los Angeles, call The Manuelian Law Firm today for a free consultation. R.J. Manuelian is a well-reputed Los Angeles criminal defense attorney  that has defended clients facing grand theft auto charges.

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A few examples of California grand theft auto charges including: Stealing a car to use as a getaway car from another crime, Stealing a car intending to sell it for parts, but then getting cold feet and abandoning it (this would be charged under Penal Code 487(d)(1) PC), and Taking someone else’s car intending only to ride in it for a couple of hours with your friends and then leave it behind in the neighborhood where you found it (this would be charged under Vehicle Code 10851 VC).

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