Petty theft is defined as theft of property valued at $400 or less. The most common offense that can lead to this sort of criminal charge is shoplifting. Regardless of the theft amount, you can put your future in jeopardy and carry a permanent criminal record with you. If you or a loved one has been arrested on larceny charges, you should call a San Diego theft defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Penalties for Petty Theft
Petty theft is usually prosecuted as a misdemeanor charge and a conviction can lead to fines, probation and up to 6 months in jail. A first time conviction will most often bring a small fine and probation. For amounts less than $50, your attorney may be able to negotiate charges down to an “infraction,” meaning you will be able to keep your criminal record clear.
If you commit repeat petty theft offenses, however, a prosecutor may pursue felony charges depending on your criminal record and the length of time between incidents. Many times there exists damning evidence of petty theft crimes, such as video surveillance records and observances by loss prevention staff. A prosecutor does not need to prove any sort of intent, only that the crime was committed.
Choose a Proven Defense Team for Your Case!
A skilled attorney from the Law Offices of Top Criminal Defense Law Firms, APLC, can provide crucial defense work in your case. We understand that people make mistakes and firmly believe that all accused parties deserve a strong representation of their legal rights and best interests. Our team is committed to hard work and outstanding care in your case, and we will work tenaciously towards keeping your criminal record clean and all future opportunities open to you.
Contact a San Diego Petty Theft Attorney if you or a loved one has been arrested on petty theft charges.