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Shoplifting in California

Just because you are facing a theft or shoplifting charge, that doesn’t mean you deserve to be be punished harshly and treated like a criminal. Because of our extensive criminal defense experience we have handled many theft cases and probably some very similar to yours. However, we are interested in you and in your case. We will give your case the attention it deserves and do our best to successfully defend you against the theft, shoplifting, or related charges you are facing.

Petty Theft and Shoplifting Penalties


Petty theft involves the taking of property whose value is less than $400. If you are charged and convicted of misdemeanor petty theft, you may be sentenced to up to 6 months in jail and fines ranging from $50- $1,000.


If the value of the property taken is less than $50, you may be charged with a simple infraction. An infraction is less in severity than a misdemeanor and the penalty for infraction petty theft is a fine less than $250.


The option to prosecute your petty theft charge as an infraction is one that rests with the prosecution. Typically it depends on whether or not you have any prior theft convictions.

Taking Action on a Shoplifting Case


Though theft and shoplifting offenses are common in California, they are not to be taken lightly. Because you may be facing prison time and hefty fines, it is vital that you get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. And any criminal charge can result in a permanent criminal record that can follow you for the rest of you life.


Make sure your rights are defended, and you aren’t punished unfairly, or more severely then you deserve. You are innocent until proven guilty, and deserve fair treatment under the law. Call our attorneys for a free consultation on your California theft charges today.