Can you go to jail for a 1st offense larceny and misdemeanor? 16 Answers as of April 23, 2013

Someone returned cloths from a store that they didn't buy which was worth $900 got store credit and brought other things. Can they go to jail for that?

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Yes, because it is a theft.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 4/23/2013
William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
Yes, if convicted, then even a first time offender faces up to the maximum punishment.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 4/18/2013
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
Yes.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 4/18/2013
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Yes they can. It is up to the judge.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 4/18/2013
Kevin H Pate
Kevin H Pate | Kevin H Pate
Can the crime result in going to jail? Yes. Is going to jail the most likely result for a first time offender? No. For a first time offender, especially if the person is contrite and accepts responsibility for the conduct, the more likely result is a deferral of judgment, with conditions to be met during the deferral period, along with costs, fines and whatever fees are associated with meeting the conditions imposed. Making restitution, where appropriate, is typically required of the defendant as well. Another option if the defendant is not eligible for a deferral of judgment is to impose a conviction but suspended the time to be spent incarcerated and require costs, fines and fees etc. to be paid and conditions of probation to be met.
Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
Replied: 4/18/2013
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