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What is the penalty for petty theft for the second time?

The first was dropped to infraction. What is the expected punishment? Will a stealing diversion class help my case?

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    Peter Goldscheider | Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    438 Cambridge Ave. Suite 250
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 323-8296
    It is a misdemeanor carrying up to 6 months in jail and you will not likely get diversion on a second offense but it is worth asking for.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 10/24/2013
    John M. Kaman | Kaman Law Office
    360 Ritch Street Suite 201
    San Francisco, CA 94107
    (415) 630-3021
    That depends on many factors such as the amount taken, the manner of taking, how long ago your prior was, etc. You are not disqualified from diversion but if your prior was a short time ago I wouldn't count on it.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 10/22/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    Depending on the amount allegedly stolen and the jurisdiction where the event occurred, shoplifting can be met with a mere citation (infraction), or charged as a misdemeanor or even a felony, with possible jail sentences of 6 months to 3 years. It will be up to the D.A. to determine how the crime will be charged. I suggest that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you and get you the best deal possible.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 10/21/2013
    Jeff Yeh | Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    3810 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1110
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    (213) 446-2495
    Potential felony. Time to shop for a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 10/21/2013
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