If I was charged with 2nd degree theft and this is the first offense, will you get jail time or can you bargain down to a misdemeanor? 5 Answers as of February 21, 2014

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Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
Question truly depends on the nature of the offense and your history.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 2/21/2014
Barton Barton & Plotkin
Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
This depends on many facts and circumstances, and the judge and prosecutor have considerable discretion.There are no formulas or rules here. A great deal depends on your educational and employment history, and whether the Court will want to give you a break because of other good deeds and/or your involvement in the community. Most importantly, you need to retain a lawyer to frame your case to the prosecutors and court and put your best foot forward if you fail to retain counsel, the chances of a good result are dramatically lower than if you retain counsel.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 2/21/2014
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
Instead of worrying about the jail time, you need to focus your attention on how you can avoid being convicted. Petty theft 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: 2/21/2014
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
If it is a first offense maybe you could get a deal to avoid a theft conviction on your record. This is huge since what employer wants to hire a thief.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 2/21/2014
Law Office of James E. Smith
Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
Probation is likely.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 2/21/2014
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