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Shoplifting Retail Theft Chico CA

Shoplifting Retail Theft Lawyer Chico CA

In California, theft is loosely defined as taking something that belonged to somebody else. There are different types of theft, however, depending upon the circumstances and the value of the item that was stolen. If you’ve been accused of shoplifting retail theft, you should contact Williams & Javellana, LLP to ensure that you get the legal counsel is necessary. You may be facing various penalties as a result of the shoplifting, as well as a permanent mark on your record which could affect you for the long term.

Learn About Shoplifting Laws In California

Under Shoplifting Laws in California (Penal Code 484/488/490.5), if you are caught shoplifting  in the state of California, it will be punished as a theft. As was mentioned, the type of charges that are levied against you may vary, depending upon how much was stolen and various other circumstances. What are some of those considerations?

Infraction – If you were shoplifting and stole something that had a value of less than $50, the charge may be considered to be an infraction. Although you may be charged as a misdemeanor, it could be dropped to an infraction if you did not have any prior convictions. The penalty may include a fine of up to $250.

Misdemeanor – If you stole something that was valued at $950 or less, this may be considered case of petty theft. It is charged as a misdemeanor, although, as was mentioned, if the amount that was stolen had a value of less than $50, it may be reduced to an infraction. There will be a mandatory fine that is imposed if you are charged with a misdemeanor of petty theft. That fine may be anywhere from $50 up to $1000. You may also spend as much as six months in jail, even for the first time that you were convicted.

Misdemeanor/Felony – The theft of goods that are valued at more than $950 is considered to be grand theft. This may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances. There are also certain items which may automatically be considered grand theft when they are stolen, including firearms. Incarceration for up to one year may be possible for grand theft, unless you are stealing a firearm, in which case you may have to spend up to three years in prison.

There may be additional penalties along with the incarceration and fines that are imposed by the court. As an example, you may have to pay damages of, which are a minimum of $50 but up to $500 in some cases. If the merchandise was not recovered, you may have to pay back the retail value of the merchandise as well.

There are a variety of ways to defend shoplifting and retail theft. When you contact Williams & Javellana, LLP, you can be certain that we will defend your case aggressively. We may be able to have the charges reduced or perhaps even dismissed, in some cases. We will do what is necessary to ensure that if possible, you will have a positive outcome.


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Gold standard for professionalism and ethics. Extremely knowledgeable and proficient in handling complex cases. Attorney Javellana took painstaking hours building a civil case, (co-ownership/property rights) and then he presented overwhelming evidence at trial. Mr. Javellana was on point for 3 days at trial where he tactfully asserted a powerful presence in the courtroom and systematically picked apart the defendents and he was quick to respond to the dirty trickery of the defense attorney with undisputable legal arguments. As a result of Mr. Javellana's detailed and powerful representation, the opposing side had no chance. Mr. Javellana was extremely organized and detail oriented throughout. Mr. Javellana won the case across multiple points and most impressively he obtained a permanent injunction against the opposing party. Additionally, Mr. Javellana, represented me with two other cases where his professionalism and his relentless tactical drive continued with successful results. I highly recommend Mr. Javellana. J.M
California June 20, 2015