What kind of punishment am I looking at for first offense misdemeanor shoplifting if I'm currently on federal probation for drug conviction? 12 Answers as of April 17, 2013

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Law Office of Paul Carmouche | Paul J Carmouche
You should not be looking at much punishment for first offense shoplifting, but a conviction could affect your federal probation. Because the misd. case could cause your probation to be revoked, you should seek advice of a criminal defense attorney.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 4/17/2013
Law office of Robert D. Scott | Robert Scott
If convicted you face up to 90 days or more on the shoplifting, plus whatever time was suspended on the felony probation charge.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 4/17/2013
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
You may have 2 problems: the shoplifting charge and a probation violation. 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. With regards to your federal probation, you may be violated and sentenced to the remainder of your time in prison. I suggest that you hire an attorney immediately.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/17/2013
Timothy J. Thill P.C.
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
Because you are on Federal probation, there is a good chance you will be sent to jail, not necessarily for the shoplifting offense, but for a violation of your Federal probation.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 4/17/2013
Conway Law Pllc.
Conway Law Pllc. | B. L. Conway
Substantial. Your biggest concern may be federal probation if convicted. Better Get a Great Lawyer
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 4/17/2013
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    You are looking to have part or all of your federal probation revoked. So, the punishment on the shoplifting will not matter.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    Your drug conviction may impact your shoplifting charge. Generally, one is required to attend a consumer awareness class, do community service, pay a fine, stay away from the store, pay restitution, have no further criminal violations, and be on probation for one year. You must also pay a civil fine. Do not be surprised if there is a hearing on your drug conviction sentencing terms. Since one of the terms was to have no further criminal violations.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Well you maybe to able to avoid a conviction for the shoplifting if you get the right attorney. This is huge. What employer wants to hire a thief?
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
    If you are found guilty, you might receive separate sentences for both the new charge and the probation. 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. Consider seeking a confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Beware that online posts are not confidential. If somehow the prosecution were to find your post, then it might be used in evidence against you.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    You probation has been violated and you are going to be in trouble for that. You have not provided sufficient info to allow an opinion on the shoplifting but the fact that you have a prior charge will not help with a plea bargain or sentence determination. Get an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Law Office of Aaron M. Goldsmith, PC | Aaron M. Goldsmith
    The misdemeanor shoplifting charge can easily be plead down to a violation in many circumstances or a misdemeanor without much concern of jail time. However, it must be handled carefully as the arrest will likely be taken as a Violation of Supervised Release in Fed Court, which can carry several months of jail. You must be careful to hire an attorney with Federal experience in handling both matters.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/17/2013
    Barton Barton & Plotkin
    Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
    If you are convicted, this would constitute a violation of your probation, which could be revoked. If your probation is revoked, you will be back in jail until your probationary period ends. Further, a misdemeanor shoplifting charge could result in a fine and prison for up to one year. However, it might be possible to get the misdemeanor charge reduced to a violation or even dismissed. It is critical for you to retain criminal defense counsel to defend you against the misdemeanor shoplifting charge. Otherwise, you could end up in jail for a long time.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/17/2013
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