Theft by Larceny

Law Offices of Nam Q. Doan

The defendant is charged with [grand/petty] theft [by larceny] [in violation of Penal Code section 484].

To prove that the defendant is guilty of this crime, the People must prove that:

  1. The defendant took possession of property owned by someone else;
  2. The defendant took the property without the owner’s [or owner’s agent’s] consent;
  3. When the defendant took the property (he/she) intended (to deprive the owner of it permanently/ [or] to remove it from the owner’s [or owner’s agent’s] possession for so extended a period of time that the owner would be deprived of a major portion of the value or enjoyment of the property); AND
  4. The defendant moved the property, even a small distance, and kept it for any period of time, however brief.

[An agent is someone to whom the owner has given complete or partial authority and control over the owner’s property.]

[For petty theft, the property taken can be of any value, no matter how slight.]


Call the Law Offices of Nam Q. Doan | OC Legal Defense today at (714)248-DOAN(3626) if you’re facing shoplifting or theft crime charges.  I will fight to get your case dismissed.