California defines petty theft as the theft of any property valued at $950 or less. This is usually charged as a misdemeanor, with a fine of no more than $1000 and/or up to six months’ incarceration in county jail. There are other, more serious theft charges in California, including grand theft, looting, and shoplifting, which may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies depending upon situational factors. Shoplifting can also involve civil penalties, in which the person who is charged with the crime is civilly liable to the store owner for the cost of the item(s) stolen, damages, and the costs of bringing the legal action. In any theft case, you need an experienced San Francisco criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact California Law Firm today to see how we can help.