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I detained for 484(a)pc petty theft in california. What can

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I detained for 484(a)pc petty theft in california.
What can be to me?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  LawTalk replied 8 years ago.

Good morning,

I'm sorry to hear of your dilemma.

Under California law, the following is the penalty you will face if convicted of PC 484(a):

490.5. (a) Upon a first conviction for petty theft involving

merchandise taken from a merchant's premises or a book or other

library materials taken from a library facility, a person shall be

punished by a mandatory fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50) and

not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each such violation;

and may also be punished by imprisonment in the county jail, not

exceeding six months, or both such fine and imprisonment.

(d) In lieu of the fines prescribed by subdivision (a), any person

may be required to perform public services designated by the court,

provided that in no event shall any such person be required to

perform less than the number of hours of such public service

necessary to satisfy the fine assessed by the court as provided by

subdivision (a) at the minimum wage prevailing in the state at the

time of sentencing.

In adition to the criminal penalties, you may find that the store will make a civil claim against you as well

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