Shoplifting, also known as Petty Theft, in the state of California is defined as the theft of products, goods, or merchanchise that has a value of $950 or less. Items greater than $950 fall into the category of Grand Theft.
Shoplifting charges should not be taken lightly and can have serious consequences that vary greatly, including small fines all the way up to imprisonment in a state facility.
The scope of shoplifting laws covers just about any type of product you can imagine — from a bag of chips to electronics. The severity of your charges and possible punishment will be determined by whether or not you have a prior criminal record. If a person charged with a petty theft crime has a prior conviction, the potential punishment can be compounded and pose serious issues for the accused.
Regardless of the type of charge you are facing, you will need a skilled attorney to defend you in these types of cases.
The Law Offices of Holden W. Green handles all criminal defense matters (including shoplifting) for residents of the Bay Area, which include San Jose, Sunnyvale, San Francisco, and San Mateo.
We offer a free 35-minute phone consultation for prospective clients and all matters are kept private and confidential. Call our office today at 408-451-8449 for assistance today! You may also email us using the contact form on the right hand side of this page.