What could happen at court for shoplifting first offense? 17 Answers as of January 13, 2013

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Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
You do NOT what to plead guilty at the first hearing. This is a chump move. You lose all bargaining power. Get a lawyer. That person may be able to get you a deal where you have no record. This is huge. A theft conviction stays on your record FOREVER. Try to get a job with a theft record. What employer wants to hire a thief.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 1/13/2013
Toivonen Law Office | John Toivonen
The amount that is stolen will determine the sentencing range. For $1000 or more the maximum penalty is 5 years in prison. For $200 to $999 it is 1 year. For less than $200 the maximum penalty is 93 days. If you have a clean record you should not face the maximum penalty. If the amount was less than $1000 a few days in jail and possibly probation are likely outcomes.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 1/10/2013
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
I would need further information to answer better. However ?you may be able to get an ACOD - adjournment in contemplation of dismissal which means the case is adjourned, usually for 6 months, and if you do not get into further trouble the case is dismissed on the adjourned date. If you do not get an ACOD there is a good chance of ?a sentence of paying a fine and or community service and or taking a course about shoplifting You should f hire an attorney and disclose all the facts and circumstances. ?
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 1/10/2013
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
If it is a first offense and the charge is shoplifting community service and/or a fine can be a possible resolution to the case without having to do any jail time. They might also require you to undertake classes for shoplifting. I still recommend hiring an attorney to best protect your rights.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 1/10/2013
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
This upon the judge and prosecutor. Shoplift is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000.00 fine. While there is a good chance that you will not go to jail, you will have a conviction on your record. This means that you will have to disclose the conviction on all future job applications, which means that many prospective employers will not consider you because you cannot be trusted. If you are young enough that you are planning on going to college and you need federal loans and grants, a conviction will probably disqualify you from receiving such and will also probably disqualify your application from many universities. My advice: hire an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 1/10/2013
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    You really need to hire an attorney to avoid any thing listed on your record. We normally get these reduced down so you end up without a conviction.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 1/10/2013
    Douglas M. Philpott, P.C. | Peter J. Philpott
    You need to ask for a plea that results in no criminal record.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 1/10/2013
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    In NH, shoplifting can be a Class A or Class B Misdemeanor based upon the value that you indicated. A Class A Misdemeanor is punishable up to 12 months in the county jail and or a $2,000 fine plus 24% penalty assessment. A Class B Misdemeanor is punishable up to $1,200 fine plus 24% penalty assessment. Both are criminal offenses. Different courts impose different penalties for shoplifting so I cannot give you an idea of what you would receive for a punishment if you were to plead guilty or be found guilty. You should retain an experienced NH criminal defense attorney to represent you in your case.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 1/10/2013
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    You should expect probation, community service and a fine, AND a conviction on your permanent record.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 1/10/2013
    William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
    Even a first time offender might receive the maximum penalty indicated on your charge papers. It is unlikely that if the state can prove to charge the penalty would be only community service. If the state cannot prove the charge, then nothing would be imposed. If the state can prove the charge then the sentence would be at least probation and up to the maximum.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 1/10/2013
    Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
    Depending on the amount allegedly stolen and the jurisdiction where the event occurred, shoplifting can be met with a mere citation (infraction), or charged as a misdemeanor or even a felony, with possible jail sentences of 6 months to 3 years. It will be up to the D.A. to determine how the crime will be charged.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/10/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Community service or jail should be the least of your concerns. Petty theft is a crime of moral turpitude, and if convicted you can kiss your career aspirations goodbye. Hire a lawyer before you get talked into something you will regret for life.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/10/2013
    Shane Law Office
    Shane Law Office | Robert J. Shane
    It's possible to avoid a conviction. You will need to take some steps to improve your bargaining position.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 1/10/2013
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    Your chances on a first offense are good for diversion or community service.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/10/2013
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    Community service, fine and petty larceny school.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 1/10/2013
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    You need to have a job. Forget about the fine. Get a To protect your work opportunities.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 1/10/2013
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