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What is the maximum penalty for misdemeanor petty theft (under $50) in CA? I have two prior drug convictions on my record.

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One year in County jail is the maximum for misdemeanors in Ca. I would need to know what the prior drug convictions were and if you were on probation to give more information.

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The petty theft itself as a misdemeanor carries up to 6 months in county jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

The prior drug convictions will only matter if you're on probation or parole currently. If so, the new theft charge could violate you on probation/parole and subject you to punishment on those.

Petty theft from a retail store under $50 can also be an infraction.


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Assuming you are not on probation for the priors, the max is either 6 months and/or a $1000 fine if it is a misdemeanor. Depending on the facts, commercial burglary could also be filed. But if it is under $50, it could simply be an infraction subject to a fine only.

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