Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
Your question does not answer the question of whether you were arrested and charged. If so, you possibly will qualify for a court diversion program, which would not result in a permanent and unexpungeable conviction on your record. ?Consult with counsel and have him/her represent you in court.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
Ultimately, sentencing depends on whether you're found guilty, your record, how serious these are in the court's eyes, mitigation, and allocution. An attorney can assist you with evaluating the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to plea bargain or go to trial. If you were to be found guilty, then an attorney can assist you with presenting mitigation, allocution, and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
I really get tired of people writing to me and telling me that the value of the property they stole was "only" If it was only that much, then why did you feel the need to steal it??? A shop lift is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5.,000.00. My advice to you is to hire an attorney to help you. The attorney may be able to get you a diversion or a deferred sentence thereby keeping it from being a permanent part of your record. Hiring an attorney will be expensive, but it they can keep it from being a permanent part of your record it is worth it because if you are convicted, it will be on your record and you will have to disclose it on job applications and it could jeopardize or disqualify you from receiving federal student loans. Consequences for poor decision making.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Law Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt, P.C. | Laurie Schmidt
If you were not arrested or issued a citation for pending charges than this is a civil matter ONLY. If it is a civil matter, there would be no arrest record and thus nothing would show up on a background check. If you are being prosecuted CRIMINALLY by the state or district attorney or city attorney- in Colorado you must fight the charges and if you are acquitted of the charges (found not guilty) then you can seal the arrest.
Answer Applies to: Colorado