The first thing that needs to be known, is how this is going to be filed. Since it is your 5th theft, it is likely they may upgrade the charge, to a felony, under Penal Code 666. This carries a maximum sentence
of 16 months, is State prison. The prosecutor is going to look at the value of the item taken, the manner in which it was taken and the amount of time that has passed, since your last offense. Considering you have a lengthy history of theft, it is unlikely you will be given a probationary sentence, as your actions demonstrate to the court
, you fail to obey the laws. Prior to trial
, the court will make you an offer, that can be any place between jail or prison. It is up to the prosecutor to decide, so it is impossible for me to guess what their offer will be. It is in your best interest, to hire a criminal
defense attorney and have them start working on your case. They could possible negotiate with the prosecutor on the case for a favorable offer, to resolve your case, without a trial.