First offense Petty theft
Question: What is going to happen to me for first offense petty theft for shoplifting? I recently did something stupid and shoplifted in a mall in Woodland Hills. The retail value of the items was $90. This was my first offence and I was charged with a petty theft. My record is clean and I am 18. I have never been in trouble with the law or in school ever. What is going to happen? How much will this cost? Any way this can get off my record? How long will it be till my court date? I am also someone that is well involved in the community, will that help me?
Answer: Shoplifting is generally charged under pc488. The penalties for this can range in fees, probation, and potentially jail time depending on the situation. Alternatively, it is possible to enter a plea to another violation (one that is not considered a crime of moral turpitude), reduce it to an infraction, or get it completely dismissed. Contact me through sanfernandovalleycriminaldefense.com if you would like to discuss this further. I have successfully gotten petty theft charges dismissed in the past.
To answer some of your questions, it is possible to get this off your record without a conviction. It may be helpful that you are active in the community. But, in short, you need to contact an attorney to discuss your situation further.
There is additional information on Petty theft here: Petty Theft
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