Infraction and Misdemeanor Theft Cases
Contrary to popular belief, records are not expunged automatically with the passage of time, but require the filing and granting of a Petition for relief in Court.
Shoplifting convictions are common offenses, and many of our clients picked up the case when quite young. They did something impulsive and without much thought, and now find the conviction is a real impediment to employment, licensing, housing or even student aid.
We can expunge your Shoplifting (484 PC, 488 PC, 490 PC; see below*) conviction by withdrawing your plea and having the case dismissed, under most circumstances. The law is somewhat complex in certain areas, but expungement is something that should be done by everyone with even a minor record. The law now includes Infraction theft cases; if your case was an infraction, even if it occurred years ago, it can now be expunged due to a change in the law.
Once relief has been granted, you can honestly answer "no" to a question regarding criminal convictions in many circumstances. Under a revision to the Labor Code, employers are now prohibited from using an expunged case to deny you employment or promotion.
All legal work is done by an Attorney with 25 + years legal experience and more than 4000 successful expungement cases.
Under most circumstances, a felony theft conviction can be reduced to a misdemeanor, and then expunged.
Fees are reasonable, and include the petitions, court appearances, filing fees and research.
Free Theft Case Expungement Consultation- ALL California Courts
800 495 2819
*California Penal Code §484
(a) Every person who shall feloniously steal, take, carry, lead, or drive away the personal property of another, or who shall fraudulently appropriate property which has been entrusted to him or her, or who shall knowingly and designedly, by any false or fraudulent representation or pretense, defraud any other person of money, labor or real or personal property, or who causes or procures others to report falsely of his or her wealth or mercantile character and by thus imposing upon any person, obtains credit and thereby fraudulently gets or obtains possession of money, or property or obtains the labor or service of another, is guilty of theft. In determining the value of the property obtained, for the purposes of this section, the reasonable and fair market value shall be the test, and in determining the value of services received the contract price shall be the test. If there be no contract price, the reasonable and going wage for the service rendered shall govern. For the purposes of this section, any false or fraudulent representation or pretense made shall be treated as continuing, so as to cover any money, property or service received as a result thereof, and the complaint, information or indictment may charge that the crime was committed on any date during the particular period in question. The hiring of any additional employee or employees without advising each of them of every labor claim due and unpaid and every judgment that the employer has been unable to meet shall be prima facie evidence of intent to defraud.
*California Penal Code § 488
Theft in other cases is petty theft.
*California Penal Code § 490
Petty theft is punishable by fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or both.
*California Penal Code § 490.1
(a) Petty theft, where the value of the money, labor, real or personal property taken is of a value which does not exceed fifty dollars ($50), may be charged as a misdemeanor or an infraction, at the discretion of the prosecutor, provided that the person charged with the offense has no other theft or theft-related conviction. (b) Any offense charged as an infraction under this section shall be subject to the provisions of subdivision (d) of Section 17 and Sections 19.6 and 19.7. A violation which is an infraction under this section is punishable by a fine not exceeding two hundred fifty dollars ($250).