Saturday, May 6, saw Conrad Hilton arrested on two charges outside the Hollywood Hills home of his ex-girlfriend’s family. Police showed up at the residence in the early morning hours to find Conrad Hilton inside a Bently Convertible owned by the victim’s father. Hilton was said to have been trying to contact his ex-girlfriend, Hunter Daily Salomon, who had a restraining order against him.
When police took Hilton into custody, he was charged with violating a restraining order and grand theft auto. It was believed that when he had first showed up at the residence, he stole the convertible, which he eventually showed back up in later when trying to contact Salomon.
Grand Theft Auto is covered under California Penal Code 487(d)(1) PC and is described as the taking of a vehicle against the owner’s will with the intention of keeping it or depriving the owner of the vehicle’s use for an extended period of time.
Grand Theft Auto is a “wobbler,” meaning that it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the case. More often than not, GTA is charged as a felony. The possible penalties include 16 months to 3 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. For particularly valuable vehicles, such as Bently convertibles, the penalty can include 1 additional year in jail if the value of the vehicle was more than $65,000 and 2 additional years if the value was more than $200,000.
Violating a restraining order is covered under California Penal Code 273.6 PC and is charged when someone violates the terms and conditions of a restraining order against them. Most of the time, violating a restraining order is charged as a misdemeanor with the possible penalties of up to 1 year in county jail and/or a $1,000 fine. However, for the second offense within 7 years, or if the offense includes violence or the credible threat of violence, the charge becomes a “wobbler” which can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.