What are the consequences of being charged as first time shoplifting? 5 Answers as of May 04, 2012

What's the consequences of being charged as first time shoplifting with value less than $100 in NY? Will I have any criminal record? Anything report to my job? and will that affect application of citizenship?

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Law Office of Jared Altman
Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
You may get an ACD. An ACD is where your case gets adjourned, usually for a year but sometimes less. If you don't get into trouble while the case remains open, then on the adjourned date the case is automatically dismissed. You usually get offered only one of these and very rarely a second.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/4/2012
The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier
The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier | Seth D. Schraier
It depends on what you are convicted for. Chances are, you'll be offered just a citation and fine. In New York State, you do not have a criminal record unless you are convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, both of which are rare in shoplifting cases. There should be little impact on your citizenship application, although you will still have to disclose what you were arrested for, what you were charged with, and what you eventually wound up being convicted for.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/2/2012
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
You should hire an attorney to try to get an ACOD- adjournment in contemplation of dismissal- which means the case is adjourned, usually for 6 months, and if you do dnot get into further trouble the case is dismissed. This will not give you a record of convictin since an ACOD is not an admisssion of guilt.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/2/2012
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
Shoplifting is a common crime with drug addicts and young people who are foolish and impulsive. They are risking their entire career for the future, their reputation, and they risk having a criminal record for the rest of their life. Their parents are humiliated and have to retain an attorney that costs them a thousand dollars and they have to go to court and hope that their lawyer can get an ACD dismissal so that they will not have a criminal record. You will not face jail time for a first offense but it is a clear sign that the person lacks good decision making and a good moral compass. Use the experience as a wake up call and change your life and the way that you perceive yourself. Go through life as if you were the mayor of your town and you will have the right perspective on how to act.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/2/2012
Palumbo and Kosofsky
Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
Theft charges are serious and bad consult with an attorney.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/2/2012
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