Chapter 5. Larceny - California Penal Code Section 490.1

490.1.  (a) Petty theft, where the value of the money, labor, real
or personal property taken is of a value which does not exceed fifty
dollars ($50), may be charged as a misdemeanor or an infraction, at
the discretion of the prosecutor, provided that the person charged
with the offense has no other theft or theft-related conviction.
   (b) Any offense charged as an infraction under this section shall
be subject to the provisions of subdivision (d) of Section 17 and
Sections 19.6 and 19.7.
   A violation which is an infraction under this section is
punishable by a fine not exceeding two hundred fifty dollars ($250).

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