Grand theft can have many professional and personal repercussions

In Los Angeles, as elsewhere in California, being charged in a high-profile crime can land a person in the media spotlight. Being charged with the theft of car parts from the crash of a well-known, popular actor is just such a case. When the property taken is valued at more than $950, or a car or a firearm, or taken directly from the person it belongs to, then the theft is considered the crime of grand theft under California law.

In this era of social media, merely being charged with grand theft can have many professional and personal repercussions. Aggressive advocacy may involve specific strategies such as holding a press conference or sitting for an interview so as to share information that will further the client’s needs.

One felony count of grand theft of personal property

Two men accused of stealing the roof panel of the wrecked Porsche Carrera GT in which “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker died have been charged with felony grand theft, prosecutors announced Monday.

A photo posted to an Instagram account for @jamesonwhitty showed what the user claimed to be a piece of the Porsche from the crash. “Piece of Paul walkers car, took it off a tow truck at a stop light…#paulwalker” #rip #comeup” Witty captioned the image on his social media account just before 11 p.m. the night of the crash.

The photo appears to show the T-top panel from the roof of the car that authorities said he was arrested for allegedly stealing off the bed of a tow truck as it transported the wreckage to a police impound yard for investigation.

Jameson Witty, 18, and Anthony Janow, 25, each face one felony count of grand theft of personal property, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. They each also face misdemeanor counts of destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer.

If convicted of the charges, the men each face a maximum sentence of four years and six months in county jail, prosecutors said.

Daniel R. Perlman
The Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman