In San Bernardino & Riverside, auto theft, also known as grand theft auto, is often charged as a felony, although in some cases, it is charged as a misdemeanor under the California vehicle code. In either case, if you have been accused of stealing a motor vehicle, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
San Bernardino & Riverside Grand Theft Auto Lawyers
At Greenberg, Greenberg & Kenyon, our San Bernardino & Riverside attorneys have more than 50 years of experience defending clients against auto theft charges and other property crimes. We will put our skill and experience to work for you, crafting an aggressive defense strategy to protect your rights.
Contact us today online or by telephone at (951) 274-0003 to speak with one of our Riverside auto theft attorneys. We represent clients throughout Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.
Defending Against Auto Theft Charges in San Bernardino & Riverside
In order to be convicted of auto theft, the prosecution must prove that you did not own the vehicle, you took the vehicle without the owner’s consent, and that you intended to deprive him or her possession or ownership of the vehicle.
As former prosecutors, we are aware of how difficult it can be for the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that all of these factors were present. In many cases, we are able to argue that the defendant drove the car with the intention of returning it to the owner, or that the defendant had permission from the owner to drive the car.
Grand Theft Auto and the California Three Strike Law
Considering California’s three strikes law, it is especially important to keep a felony charge like auto theft off your record. Our lawyers will work as a team to devise the best possible way to protect you and your rights, and spare you from the consequences of an auto theft conviction.
Contact a Grand Theft Auto Attorney Today!
If you have been charged with auto theft and need a strong criminal defense, we are here to help. Contact us today online or by telephone at (951) 274-0003 to speak with one of our knowledgeable San Bernardino & Riverside auto theft defense lawyers. We offer free initial consultations and our phone is answered 24 hours per day. All calls are returned promptly.