In California, grand theft under Penal Code 487 is committed when a person enters a commercial establishment with the specific intent to steal, the commercial establishment was open during regular business hours, and the value of the property stolen exceeds nine hundred fifty dollars ($950).

Criminal Penalties

Shoplifting is generally a misdemeanor, but can be also be felony under some circumstances as well.

If convicted as a misdemeanor, you can be sentenced to county jail for up to six (6) months.

However, if you have suffered a prior conviction for homicide, forcible sex crimes, or any crime requiring registration as a sex offender, you can be convicted of shoplifting as a felony.


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