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California Remains Top State for Car Theft

By M. Stephen Cho  Sep. 6, 2011 3:26p

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, California retains eight of the top ten slots for car theft. The hottest areas for car theft are Fresno, Bakersfield and Modesto along with the Bay area corridor and a few other central valley locations. Two cities in Washington State filled in the last two slots. Most of the cities on the list are also the hardest hit by the real estate crash in the past few years.

Gang activity can account for some of the thefts and California's proximity to the southern border and shipping ports makes for easy shipment and hiding of stolen vehicles. For any who may own a mustang, (especially one of the newer models), take extra precautions as these seem to be a popular favorite of car thieves. Using anti-theft devices is suggested for these cars to reduce your chances of them being stolen. Other areas in California are susceptible to car theft and if you have been accused of this offense, you should get legal help as quickly as possible.

Have you been charged with auto theft in Rancho Cucamonga?

If you have been accused of auto theft, you need to consult with an experienced Rancho Cucamonga criminal defense attorney for guidance. You will be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony offense and will need to have a strong defense to combat the charges. At M. Steven Cho, Attorney at Law, we are skilled and aggressive when it comes to representing our clients and this can make a large difference in the outcome of your case.

Grand Theft Auto Charges in Rancho Cucamonga

In California, law enforcement officials refer to auto theft as grand theft auto which is classified as a felony offense. It asserts that the person stealing the vehicle did so with the intent to use it for his own purposes whether it was for driving, selling, selling parts or to be used in a crime; this offense includes carjacking. Joyriding is a different type of auto theft offense and is considered a misdemeanor. Your chances of avoiding a conviction are much greater in either case if you have competent legal representation and we are here to help you maintain your freedoms.

For skilled representation, contact a Rancho Cucamonga auto theft lawyer in our office for a consultation and we will review the details of your charges.

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