More info at In this video, we explain the crime of grand theft auto per Penal Code 487d1. Who can be charged? What are the penalties? What does the prosecutor have prove? What are the legal defenses?
Grand theft auto is when you steal someone’s car, truck or motor vehicle. It is often confused with joyriding (Vehicle Code 10851) and auto burglary.
If you steal a vehicle worth $950 or less, it is only a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in county jail (this is effective because of Proposition 47). If the automobile is worth more than $950.00, then grand theft auto is a felony carrying up to 3 years in jail or California state prison.
Nevertheless, a good criminal defense lawyer can often get these charges reduced or dismissed.