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What are the Penalties for Shoplifting in California?

Shoplifting can result in serious consequences in the state of California. Under California Penal Code § 484, the shoplifting offense is explained as a type of theft. Shoplifting refers to stealing or taking someone else's property with the intentional of depriving the owner of the property or the full value of the property. The exact penalties will depend on the type of property taken and the value of the property. Here is a simple breakdown of shoplifting penalties in CA:

Theft of property valued less than $50:

  • Petty theft charged as an infraction or misdemeanor
  • If charged as an infraction- fine of $250
  • If charged as a misdemeanor- a fine of between $50- $1,000 along with up to six months in jail

Theft of property valued less than $950:

  • Petty theft charged as a misdemeanor
  • Punishable by a fine between $50 and $1,000 and up to six months in jail

Theft of property valued at $950 or more:

  • Grand theft charged as a misdemeanor or felony
  • Punishable by up to one year in jail and fines

Theft of a firearm:

  • Grand theft charged as a misdemeanor or felony
  • Punishable by either 16 months, two years or three years in jail

These offenses have subjectivity of the prosecutor involved to determine if it will be charged as a misdemeanor or infraction or in cases of grand theft either a misdemeanor or felony. Regardless, this type of offense can go on your record and lead to consequences. You need to team up with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Dublin to help you contest the charges. At the Law Office of Ivan O.B. Morse, we dedicate the time and resources necessary to fully investigate and gather evidence for our clients. Contact our firm now to set up your free case evaluation and see how we can help.

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