Petty Larceny Laws in California – Penal Code Section 488 PC

Posted by Raoul Severo | Jun 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Petty larceny refers to the illegal taking of property valued under $950 in worth from another person and is generally considered a minor offense in the eye of law, resulting in a misdemeanor rather than a felony under the statute of California. Crimes commonly charged as petty larceny may be shoplifting crime, theft by fraud or false pretense offense, theft by embezzlement crime, or theft by trickery crime.

For stolen property worth more than $950 the crime comes under Grand Larceny charges. And additionally, if the property taken is a motor vehicle or any type of vehicle, farm or agricultural goods or related things, firearm or weapons, or was taken directly off of a person illegally, the crime would be charged as a felony regardless of value according to penal code.

Punishments for Petty Larceny in California

According to California Penal Code Section 488, 490 PC penalties for petty larceny in California can include fines up to $1,000 USD and up to six months imprisonment in jail. If the occurrence was a first-time offense by the accused, charges may be treated lightly by the court, while punishments and criminal records can be increased by the court for those offenders that repeat the crime.

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