Hi, my girlfriend was caught shoplifting from a clothing store in California and we needed some help clarifying a couple things. First of all, this is the first time she has ever shoplifted and she really regrets her actions and is very sorry for what she did. She was caught, was very cooperative with the police, and then she had to spend the night in jail, where I picked her up the next morning. Now this is where I'm a little confused. I read somewhere on this forum that if someone is caught with less than $50 in Calfornia then it would be only an infraction? She was caught with $48 of merchandise but her "notice to appear" slip says that she was charged with PC 490.1 (A) and the Misdemeanor is circled. Can anyone please help me clarify this. ALso too, can someone tell me our options and what we should do. This is her first offense of any type, she has never even gotten a traffic ticket. Any type of assistance would be greatly appreciated as both of us are very confused and scared of what may happen.
We are also trying to find the most economical way to do things as we are both college students paying for our own tuition. The police also towed her car (refused to let me drive it home) which costed her $400. Thanks for your time!