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While there is no diversion program in Long Beach for Petty Theft cases they can still be dismissed. Notably, the City Attorney of Long Beach may handle petty theft cases different then the Los Angeles District Attorney which also prosecutes cases out of the Long Beach Court. Generally, if you do not have a record and you have otherwise been a good citizen (employed and have a family) then the prosecuting attorney may agree to dismiss the matter with community service, payment of a fine or other contribution.
Petty Theft occurs when someone takes the property of a store or an individual without their permission with a total value of less then $950.00. This crime is normally charged as Penal Code Section 484-488(a).
Long Beach Petty Theft Attorney William W. Bruzzo has been able to get these cases dismissed. This is especially true if the value of the property taken is relatively low and the person has no record.
Long Beach Petty Theft Attorney William W. Bruzzo has been able to get these cases dismissed even when the person has shown they planned to take the property as opposed to an impulsive theft. Petty Theft normally applies only to impulsive non-planned thefts whereas a theft that is planned is charged as a commercial burglary (Penal Code Section 459-460(b)) or Grand Theft (Penal Code Section 487(a)). These two latter charges are more serious offenses and carry more jail time exposure. Contact the Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo for any petty theft case at (714) 547-4636.