What can happen when I go to court if I am charged with theft scheme $1265? 15 Answers as of April 23, 2013

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
You can go to jail.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 4/23/2013
LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com
LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com | Andrea Storey Rogers
You need to hire an attorney to represent you. This is felony theft and is a very serious charge. You risk jail time of up to 5 years and a fine of up to $5,000.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 4/23/2013
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
The charge would be grand theft. This is a violation of California Penal Code Section 489. Grand theft is punishable as follows: (a) When the grand theft involves the theft of a firearm, by imprisonment in the state prison for 16 months, 2, or 3 years. (b) In all other cases, by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or in the state prison.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/18/2013
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Well you want to plead NOT guilty and get a lawyer. Something can be worked out even if they have all the proof.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 4/18/2013
William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
In Maryland to the maximum penalty for theft over $1000 is 10 years imprisonment. Although sentencing ultimately depends on whether you are found guilty, your prior record, how serious these are in the court's eyes, mitigation, and allocution, even a first-time offender might be sentenced to serve the maximum. 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
Replied: 4/17/2013
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    Because of the amount, you could be facing jail time. Try to get a plea offer from the prosecutor that permits only probation and restitution.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    With such a large amount, you better hire a lawyer. 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 that you will regret for life.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Law Offices of Marshall Tauber
    Law Offices of Marshall Tauber | Marshall Tauber
    You will be asked at some point if you need a lawyer appointed for you since this is a felony.? If you can afford to, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to advise and guide you through the process.? Since you have no prior convictions, ask your lawyer, whether hired by you or appointed by the court, if there is any chance you if can get into a diversion program in order to avoid a felony conviction.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    First appearance you are told what you are charged with , what the consequences are if found guilty, your trial rights and sked what your PLea is. That is called an arraignment. Your plea is not uilty and ask for an attorney if you cannot afford one.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter | Jared C. Winter
    Lots of things can happen. No one is going to be able to give you much advice without a lot more details. Rather than seek free legal advice from attorneys online, in your situation, you would be wise to contact some criminal defense attorneys in your area for a consultation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    You are looking at jail, fine and probation. You need to hire an attorney to help you with this.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Barton Barton & Plotkin
    Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
    This depends on the charges filed against you. You could be convicted of either a felony or misdemeanor, and sentenced to jail and community service. Perhaps you have defenses to the charges against you. If you retain criminal defense counsel, he might be able to negotiate a reduction in the charges against you to a violation, which would avoid a criminal record. You need to take this matter seriously and retain criminal defense counsel.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Henry Lebensbaum | Henry Lebensbaum
    Any number of possibilities hire a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    You could face jail time, or probation with restitution, or a combination of those sentences. ?I would strongly suggest you hire an attorney, if able to afford one, if completely indigent, ask the court to appoint a public defender to represent you.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Conway Law Pllc.
    Conway Law Pllc. | B. L. Conway
    That would be a felony. The punishment could be severe.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 4/17/2013
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