When a person has been charged with Petty Theft under the California Penal Code §484, it is highly recommended that they seek the advice and guidance of a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney. The reason it is highly advisable is that in the beginning stages there is a good probability that the case may be dismissed or never filed to begin with.
An attorney knows the legal system and the courts. Through their experience and connections they are able to speak to the Prosecutor before the case gets filed. The Attorney will also speak to any injured parties to see if a Civil Compromise may be reached.
A civil compromise is an agreement between the person who has caused the injury or damage and the person who suffered the damage. The purpose of the agreement is to make restitution. If a civil compromise is reached, then an attorney can present that to the Prosecutor, arguing that all damage have been rectified, and the charges should be dropped.