Grand Theft Law & Legal Definition


Grand theft is the crime of unlawful taking of another's property or money over a statutorily defined value, as distinguished from petty (or petit) theft, in which the value is below the grand theft limit. Some states divide theft into the categories of felony and misdemeanor, rather than grand and petit.

It is usually distinguished from embezzlement and false pretenses in that the actual taking of the property is accomplished unlawfully and without the victim's consent, and along with the taking there must be a carrying-off. It is also distinguished from burglary in that the theft does not necessarily involve unlawful breaking and entering.

Related legal forms include:

Jury Instruction - Theft From Interstate Shipment
Jury Instruction - Theft Of Government Money Or Property
Jury Instruction - Theft Of Mail Matter
Jury Instruction - Theft Of Mail Matter By Postal Service Employee
Jury Instruction - Theft Or Embezzlement By Bank Employee
Jury Instruction - Theft Or Receipt Of Stolen Mail Matter
AOC-CR-142 Warrant for Arrest - Felonious Financial Transaction Card
Theft-Financial Transaction Card Fraud - Felony-Misdemeanor
AOC-CR-152 Indictment - Financial Transaction Card Theft-Financial Transaction Card Fraud
Certificate of Identity Theft: Judicial Finding of Factual Innocence
Theft Policy
Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts
Sample Letter - Hotel Room Theft