What is the penalty for stealing lottery tickets? 6 Answers as of March 19, 2013A friend of mine worked at a convenience store from Nov '12 to March '13. From Jan '13 to March '13 they were playing the lottery at work, even though it was not allowed. From time to time, they would not pay for some of the tickets, and as their habit progressed they ended up taking nearly $2-$3 Thousand dollars worth of tickets - with earnings amounting to no more than $1000. Their employers have taken notice and confronted them, offering to set up a payment plan without the police and law getting involved. If the law and lottery commission do get involved, what are the penalties for such a crime? What is the expected amount to have to pay (for a fine) and will jail time be necessary?
William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
In Maryland the penalty depends on the value of the items taken. 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
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
That could be Grand Larceny which is a felony. They would get a misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail. They would get 3 years probation and pat the restitution. They are not good decision makers and should take the seal with their boss but he might just get their confession and have the arrested anyway.
Answer Applies to: New York