Grand theft is a stronger charge than petit theft and carries a higher burden because of it. When a person steals an item that is valued at $300 or more, but less than $20,000, he or she can be charged with a felony in the third degree (F3).
If, instead, the item is valued at $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000, the charge can be enhanced to a felony in the second degree (F2). Finally, if the item is valued at $100,000 or more, the charge can be enhanced to a felony in the first degree (F1).
Unlike misdemeanor petit thefts, charges of grand theft can result in prison time lasting more than one year. With the stakes being much higher, the need for an experienced attorney becomes that much more important.
One way we will help defend against your charge of Grand Theft is with a motion to suppress. Usually, the officer had to stop you and/or search you, depending upon why they did that there could be a motion to suppress. If the police made a mistake or if the search or stop wasn’t done properly this motion has the potential to have your charges dismissed.