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Shoplift or Petty Theft Record Expungement

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 recent change in the law.

Once relief has been granted, you can honestly answer "no" to a question regarding criminal convictions in many circumstances.

All legal work is done by an Attorney with 20 + years legal experience and more than 2500 successful expungement cases.

Under certain circumstances, a felony theft conviction can be reduced to a misdemeanor.

We only do Expungement Law; Record Clearing is our only practice, not a "sideline" to a general law practice. Our fees are competitive and include all Court fees, legal work and service of the petition for expungement on all parties, as well as court hearings. You will not need to appear in Court in most cases. We may not be the 'cheapest' price, but we do things right. Be cautious of non-attorney expungement sites. We have successfully expunged a large number of shoplifting related criminal records. The procedure can take from 6 weeks to several months, depending upon the Court, the complexity of the case, and how old the conviction is.

Fees are reasonable, and include the petitions, court appearances, filing fees and research.

Free Expungement Consultation- ALL California Courts:

Call us at: 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).


We are a small firm that emphasizes personal attention, not a high volume of cases. Our fees are reasonable and competitive; you usually do not need to appear in court. Call or contact us through our site for a FREE Attorney consultation. We ONLY practice California Expungement Law.

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