Statistics show there are about 27 million shoplifters in the United States. Shoplifters can steal a range of items, from a pack of chewing gum to electronics, and usually commit this crime during the same visit to a department store. Most shoplifters are not “professionals”; rather, they do it because of peer pressure or social burdens in their life.
Shoplifting has serious consequences that can range from paying a fine to imprisonment, or both in most cases. In California, a person charged with shoplifting can pay a fine not exceeding $1,000. Also, the prison sentence in a county jail can be up to six months. Shoplifting, also known as petty theft, could be charged as a misdemeanor or an infraction if the property’s value is not more than $50 [California Penal Code 490 (1)(a)].
The majority of shoplifting cases are determined if the accuser has a prior history of petty theft. Hence, if the person has a prior conviction, the penalties can pose serious issues for him or her. That’s why you should contact the HWG Law Group, a Professional Corporation to defend you in these cases. Be sure to connect with Attorney Holden Green to handle your case. He is a skilled attorney that can handle all criminal defense concerns, including shoplifting. We offer a free 30 minute consultation; get started today by calling 408-451-8449 or use the contact form on the right hand side of the page.