Does the charge against me is enough to put me into jail? 10 Answers as of September 30, 2013

I was charged for larceny over $6 worth of stuff. This is my first offense.

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Theft is theft. So, yes you can go to jail over $ 6.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 9/30/2013
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Yes they can put you in jail but that is not the worst that can happen to you. You could end up with a conviction for theft on your record and be unemployable for years. What employer wants to hire a thief? Plead not guilty. Get a lawyer and see if something can be worked out so that you end up with no conviction on your record.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/30/2013
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
This is a crime of petty theft. On a first offence, you will receive summary probation and no jail time.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/27/2013
Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
Get a lawyer and they should be able to have the charge dismissed. We do this all the time.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 9/27/2013
Ascheman & Smith | Landon Ascheman
That would be a criminal charge, and it would be a Misdemeanor offense. A Misdemeanor offense is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine. That being said, it is unlikely that any jail time would result from a first offense. The more serious harm would be having that conviction on your record for the rest of your life. A theft charge can be very hard to overcome when trying to get a job.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 9/26/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Larceny is a crime of moral turpitude, and if convicted you can kiss your career aspirations goodbye. Hire a lawyer before you get duped into a plea you will regret for life.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/27/2013
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    Just about any offense is jailable. However, it is unlikely if that is your first offense. Realistically, probably the worst you face is probation with a misdemeanor on your record. Many jurisdictions allow for a diversion program for first-time offenders as a way of avoiding a public criminal record. Consult with an experienced criminal attorney in your area.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/26/2013
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC | Anthony Overton Van Johnson
    I once witnessed a lady who chose to represent herself get sentenced to 10 days in jail for stealing a $1.20 pair of tweezers. She thought it was no big deal. The judge had a different opinion. It's the aggregate of all of the thefts that retailers suffer yearly. You cannot simply look at the one single item that you are accused of stealing. You would be well advised to retain an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/26/2013
    Catchick Law, PC
    Catchick Law, PC | Matt Catchick
    It's highly unlikely you'll get jail, but please ensure you plead "under advisement" or under a "diversion" program, whereby the charge is dismissed after you successfully complete a period of probation (usually 12 months) and pay a fine and attend an economic crime class.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/26/2013
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    It is unlikely you while see any jail time.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/27/2013
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