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The unlawful stealing, taking, carrying or riding away of someone else's property with the intent to make it one's own is called larceny or theft. Larceny is divided into two degrees of severity: grand larceny and petty larceny. Petty larceny is the taking of property valued under $950. It is generally considered a minor offense, resulting in a misdemeanor rather than a felony. However, according to California Penal Code, if the property taken is a motor vehicle, farm or agricultural good, firearm, or was taken directly off of a person, it would be then charged as a felony regardless of value.
Common acts that result in a petty larceny charge may be shoplifting, theft by fraud or false pretense, theft by embezzlement, or theft by trickery.
Penalties for petty larceny can include fines up to $1,000 USD and up to six months in jail. If the occurrence was a first time offense, charges may be treated lightly, while consequences can be increased for repeat offenders or those with criminal priors. In either case, the conviction can stay on a person's criminal record resulting in difficulties securing future work.
An attorney that knows California Penal Code and petty larceny laws can help fight charges or work to reduce your charges and make sure you get the minimum sentence possible. A criminal lawyer can help prove you did not have the intention to keep the property taken or the property rightfully belonged to you.
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