white collar crimes

White Collar Crimes

  • Embezzlement
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Counterfeiting
  • Theft

Under California law, theft is divided into two broad categories, grand theft, and petty theft:

Grand Theft in California

Grand theft involves the theft of property valued at $950 or greater. Stolen firearms or property stolen off another person are also considered felony grand theft crimes. If convicted of grand theft, you could face up to three years in prison. If the amount was more than $50,000, you could face another one or two years.

Petty Theft in California

If the amount was less than $950, the crime is considered petty theft, a misdemeanor charge that carries a sentence of up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 fine.

  • Forgery
  • Telemarketing
  • Extortion/Blackmale
  • Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Perjury
  • Tax Evasion
  • Larceny
  • Tax Amnesties


White collar crimes are typically committed by business people, professionals, entrepreneurs or public officials through deception as opposed to street crimes which occur through the use of force or violence. Obviously, penalties vary considerably, but in most cases, the prosecutor will actively pursue restitution. Whether or not jail is sought will depend on the particulars of each situation.


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