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Shoplifting Penalties Archives

What are shoplifting penalties in Vista Courts?

Shoplifting penalties depend on the facts and circumstances of the individual case and defendant.  Shoplifting is generally charged as a petty theft, or theft of $950 or less from a commercial outlet like a department store or other retail outlet.  California Penal Code section 484/490 and 490.1 are generally the codes involved.  A petty theft is a misdemeanor carries up to $1000 fine and up to 6 months in jail.  If the theft is under $50 the District Attorney may reduce the charge to an infraction which carries a fine only.  Nearly always the D.A. files the misdemeanor, however, the infraction shoplifting charge may be able to be negotiated during plea bargaining.  It is also possible to negotiate other misdemeanors or infractions in some cases, thereby avoiding a theft or crime of moral turpitude which can effect occupational licensing, employment and many other things in your future.

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