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Criminal Defense Expungement Lawyer serving Southern California, including Los Angeles County, Orange County, Santa Barbara County, San Bernardino County and San Diego County.

Over the last five years, more than 10 million people have been caught shoplifting, or stealing from a store. Most shoplifting crimes committed by both adults and juvenile offenders are not premeditated, or planned in advance. In California, shoplifting can be charged as petty theft or grand theft, depending upon the value of the stolen property.

Petty Theft – Value of stolen goods is over $50 and less than $400 and is charged as a second-degree theft, a misdemeanor, which can be punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, up to 6 months in county jail, and restitution.

Grand Theft – Value of stolen goods is more than $400 and is charged as a first-degree theft, a felony, which can be punishable by up to 1 year in county jail or state prison and restitution.

Approximately 25 percent of shoplifters are juveniles, 75 percent are adults. Over half of adult shoplifters say they began shoplifting as teenagers. (The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention)

Premeditated larceny, or theft, committed in a merchant establishment, such as a department store, convenience store, gas station, grocery store or market, or other commercial establishment is considered Commercial Burglary. When an individual enters any shop, warehouse, or store with the specific intent to commit grand theft or petty theft, or to commit any felony, they have committed burglary (Penal Code 459). In such cases, the State must prove premeditated intent to convict an individual of commercial burglary.

If you have been arrested, charged and convicted of Shoplifting or Commercial Burglary as a felony or misdemeanor, either as an adult or juvenile offender in Southern California, a qualified Expungement attorney may be able to help you seal or clear your criminal record. Expungement is the legal process of clearing your criminal record.

You may qualify for a criminal records Expungement in Southern California if you were charged with a misdemeanor of petty theft or commercial burglary as an adult California resident or in a California Juvenile court, and:

  • You have successfully completed your probation sentence, or had no probation requirements and it has been at least 365 days since your plea of guilty was entered.
  • All of your California court mandated fines, fees and restitutions have been paid.
  • You are not currently serving a probation sentence and no new criminal cases pending.

The same rules apply to a felony grand theft charge as long as you were granted probation. If you were convicted of a felony with probation granted, it may be possible to have the felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor, which can then be sealed or cleared from your criminal record. See our Expungement FAQ for more information.

If you are currently serving a probation sentence, an experienced Expungement attorney may be able to help to you obtain an early termination of probation.

An important benefit of having your criminal record cleared of a shoplifting or commercial burglary conviction is that you can honestly state during job interviews or on employment applications for private companies that you have no criminal convictions.

Defense Expungement Attorney Thomas Wallin is a former Public Defender who has vast experience with Southern California courts and the Expungement process. He is an accomplished Expungement lawyer who has been defending clients throughout Southern California for nearly a decade and has successfully handled petty theft and commercial burglary Expungement cases. To determine if you qualify for an Expungement of a shoplifting or commercial burglary conviction, contact the Law Offices of Defense Attorney Thomas Wallin.

Simply fill out our Quick Contact form (above) or call (866) 857-5900. One of our knowledgeable lawyers will quickly review your case and determine if we can obtain an Expungement, and clear or seal your criminal record. Our experienced Expungement attorneys and lawyers are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your first consultation is FREE. We accept MasterCard, Visa & AMEX.

The Law Offices of Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Wallin handles Expungement cases throughout Southern California for clients residing in:

Our Expungement Attorneys and Lawyers can Clear your Criminal Record and get you an Expungement in the following cities and counties in Southern California:

Los Angeles County, Clear Criminal Record - Expungement
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Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Angeles Vista, Artesia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Carson, Cerritos, Chatsworth, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Culver City, Downtown LA, Downey, Eagle Rock, El Monte, El Segundo, Flintridge, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Granada Hills, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Hollywood, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Canada, La Crescenta, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, La Verne, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lenox, Little Rock, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Los Nietos, Lynwood, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Monterey Park, Montrose, Northridge, Norwalk, Palmdale, Palos Verdes Estates, Paramount, Pearl Blossom, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Reseda, Rolling Hills Estates, San Fernando, San Gabriel, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Signal Hills, Temple City, Torrance, Van Nuys, Ventura County, Verdugo City, Viewpark, Walnut, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier and surrounding areas

San Diego County, Clear Criminal Record - Expungement Attorney Lawyer
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Orange County, Clear Criminal Record - Expungement Attorney Lawyer
Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Balboa Island, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Beach, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto de Caza, Cowan Heights, Cypress, Dana Point, El Modena, El Toro, El Toro Marine Base, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Leisure World, Lemon Heights, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Modjeska Canyon, Newport Beach, Orange, OC, Orange Park Acres, Placentia, Rancho San Margarita, Rossmoor, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Silverado Canyon, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Surfside, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda and surround areas

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Aguanga, Anza, Arlington, Calimesa, Casa Blanca, Cherry Valley, Corona, Corona Hills, Edgemont, El Cerrito, Gilman, Glen Avon, Glenn Valley, Hemet, High Grove, Home Gardens, Homeland, Hot Springs, Idyllwild, La Sierra, Lake View, Mead Valley, Meadow Brook, Mira Loma, Riverside, Moreno, Mt. Lanter, Murrieta, Norco, Nuevo, Pedley, Perris, Quail Valley, Southern California, Rodea, Romoland, Sage, San Jacinto, Santa Ana Canyon, Soboba, Sun City, Temecula, Temescal Canyon, Vail Lake, Valle Vista, Wildomar Lake, Winchester and surrounding areas

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Buellton, Carpentaria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Solvang, San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas

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Adelanto, Angeles Oaks, Apple Valley, Bloomington, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, El Mirage, Etiwanda, Forest Falls, Grand Terrace, Helendale, Hesperia, Highland, Loma Linda, Lucerne Valley, Mentone, Montclair, Ontario, Oro Grande, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino City, Victorville, Wrightwood, Yucaipa and surrounding areas.

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