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My son is at 29 Palms and was caught shoplifting $40

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My son is at 29 Palms and was caught shoplifting $40 headphones and a phone charger. The officers stated a wide variety of consequences from paying fines to jail time, loss or withholding of wages, and dishonorable discharge. Needles to say is is scared. This is his first offense. Is this taken into account. Also does the value of what he took taken into account?

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Military Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 4 months ago

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Generally, grand theft exists where the property is valued above $950 so the fact that they were just $40 headphones, along with the phone charger, means that there is a low probability that they would ever face any jail time.

So, it is likely that this is going to be a petty theft issue under Cal Penal Code 488. For petty theft of property valued below $50, a prosecutor has the discretion to charge the crime as a misdemeanor or an infraction resulting in a fine of up to $250. Infractions mean no jail time and it only means that they have to pay a fine. A misdemeanor is a crime and may be punished by a fine of up to $1,000, a term of imprisonment lasting up to 6 months, or both. For small items like this, and for first time offenders, it is highly improbable that your son would go to jail.

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