Is stealing a petty crime?
Under Penal Code 484 PC, California law defines the crime of petty theft as wrongfully taking or stealing someone else’s property when the value of the property is $950.00 or less. Petty theft is a misdemeanor punishable by probation, fines, restitution and up to 6 months in county jail.
Does petty theft ruin your life?
A petit theft or shoplifting charge is not likely to ruin your life. It can make some parts of your life very difficult. Any employer that conducts a background check will be put off by someone with a history of theft.
Will a shoplifting misdemeanor ruin my life?
A misdemeanor stays on your record for life unless you successfully petition for expungement. There is no preset “expiration date” for misdemeanor crimes. Even though misdemeanor offenses are less serious than felonies, they are still serious breaches in the eyes of the law.
What the difference between a petty misdemeanor and a misdemeanor?
A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is less serious than a felony and more serious than an infraction. Petty misdemeanors usually contemplate a jail sentence of less than six months and a fine of $500 or less.
Can a Class 1 misdemeanor be expunged?
Offenders who are a record level I may not be sentenced to any jail time. If the charges are dismissed, we can then help you get the charge removed from your record through the class 1 mesdemeanor expungement process.
How many years before a felony can be expunged?
More serious felonies can be expunged eight or 10 years after the completion of the sentence. Some crimes must have the prosecutor’s written consent for expungement.
What is a Class 6 misdemeanor?
A class 6 “open” felony, also called a class 6 undesignated felony, is a crime that has the possibility of being designated a misdemeanor. If a person is convicted of a class 6 undesignated felony offense, that crime is treated as a felony during the probation period.