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Misdemeanor » Five Misdemeanor California Theft Offenses
If you’ve been arrested for theft in California, whether you face a felony charge or a misdemeanor charge largely depends on the value of the property you are accused of stealing.
Generally, if you are charged with theft of property valued at $950 or less, it will constitute “petty theft” and be prosecuted as a California misdemeanor. (California Penal Code Section 484). For theft of property valued at more than $950, it constitutes “grand theft” and be can be prosecuted as a California felony. (California Penal Code Section 487).
There are actually five misdemeanor California theft offenses, depending on how the allegedly stolen property was acquired:
(Judicial Council of California Criminal Jury Instructions 1800 – Theft by Larceny (Pen. Code, § 484))
Note that you can be charged with shoplifting simply for having the intent to steal even if you don’t succeed in actually making it out the door.
If you’ve been charged with a California misdemeanor theft offense, an experienced California theft crimes lawyer can work with you to fight and defeat the charges against you. Give us a call today to discuss your case and explore your options.
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