Stealing: A Crime Punishable By Many Laws
In the State of California, theft/larceny is defined as the taking of almost anything of value without the consent of the owner, with the intent to permanently deprive him or her of the value of the property taken. The degrees of theft, either grand or petty, relate to the value of the property taken. Stealing CDs from a music store would be considered petty. However, stealing a car would likely earn a charge of grand theft.
Burglary involves the unlawful entry into almost any structure with the intent to commit any crime inside. That crime is not limited to just theft. No physical breaking and entering is required. The crime is committed even by a trespasser simply passing through an open door. No victim has to be present at the time of the crime in order for it to be considered burglary.
According to the state’s penal code, “robbery is the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.” Basically it’s using force or threat of force to steal something. That treat can be extended to include family of the victim, and anyone in the company of the victim at the time of the robbery.
If you or someone you know has been charged with theft, burglary, or robbery, you need the counsel of a legal insider representing you. Contact the San Jose criminal defense lawyers of the law offices of Daniel Jensen at (408) 296-4100.