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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. 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.

You need the top theft crime attorney in Dublin by your side if you are facing shoplifting charges. Contact us today.

Penalties for Shoplifting in California

The exact penalties will depend on the type of property taken and the value of the property. 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.

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

There is one factor that makes shoplifting a potentially life-changing offense. If a defendant has one or more prior convictions for any type of theft crime on his or her record, shoplifting may be charged as a felony offense. This may mean more than the up to 3-year prison sentence that may be imposed for petty theft with a prior. If the defendant has two prior "strikes" on his or her criminal record for serious or violent felony offenses, he or she may face 25 years to life in prison for a felony shoplifting conviction.

Arrested for shoplifting? Contact a Dublin criminal defense attorney.

An important step to take if you or someone you know has been accused of shoplifting or any form of petty theft is to enlist the representation of an experienced Dublin criminal defense attorney. These cases may seem "cut and dry" because of the fact that there is often video surveillance and/or a security guard who is willing to testify that the defendant took property from the store, but this does not mean that a conviction is inevitable. There are various ways that an experienced lawyer can build a successful defense strategy that will keep a defendant out of jail and from being convicted entirely.

To learn more about how we can handle your case, contact a Dublin Shoplifting Defense Lawyer at our offices. We will offer the aggressive, knowledgeable criminal defense counsel you need.

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