a friend of mine was caught and got a police citation with the PC 484/100.
What is lighter for the charge? is PC 490 a smaller petty theft compared to 484. In other words, is PC 484 a worse one? Thanks.
Criminal Defense Attorney
Well, 484 is petty theft. 490 is the punishment description. You may be thinking of PC 490.5
490.5. (a) Upon a first conviction for petty theft involving
merchandise taken from a merchant's premises or a book or other
library materials taken from a library facility, a person shall be
punished by a mandatory fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50) and
not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each such violation;
and may also be punished by imprisonment in the county jail, not
exceeding six months, or both such fine and imprisonment.