Tag Archives: petty theft

I got caught shoplifting and got a letter to pay hundreds of dollars. Now what?

Caught shoplifting and now you get a letter from a lawyer demanding hundreds of dollars.  Does that mean that you’re facing criminal charges?  If you pay their demand, does it stop charges from being filed?  What about if you ignore the letter? Does that mean they will then file criminal charges or call the police? […]

Shoplifting and Civil Demand letters – Audio Podcast

Please click to play:   Transcript of audio: Hi. This is Orange County defense attorney Joe Dane.   Today I’m going to talk about shoplifting and civil demand letters.   If you were detained or accused of shoplifting in a store, one of two things may have happened: They could have called the police. If you […]

Shoplifting laws and defenses after Prop 47 – Orange County theft defense attorney

With the recent passage of Proposition 47, there were some significant changes to the laws related to shoplifting.   Repeated Petty Theft is now only a misdemeanor. The biggest is that now, no matter how many prior convictions for theft you have, a shoplifting petty theft is a misdemeanor.  Previously, if you had one prior […]

Shoplifting and loss prevention officers – possible defense to shoplifting cases

Can the conduct of the loss prevention personnel from the store be a defense in your case? In any theft case, you absolutely must have an attorney representing you.  Although initial punishment may not be severe for a first time offense, the long-term consequences can be quite harsh.  Avoiding a conviction if at all possible […]

Arrested for shoplifting? Here are the possible charges

There isn’t really one charge of “shoplifting” in the California Penal Code.  There are theft charges and other related crimes on the books. First – Petty Theft (Penal Code 484 and 488) In general, theft is defined in Penal Code 484.  From there, theft is classified under a different code section depending on the dollar […]