Will I face jail time if I was caught shoplifting about 2 years ago but the store did not prosecute? 1 Answers as of October 18, 2017

I did a diversion program and it was supposed to be removed from my record. I recently got caught again and I’m so scared because this time, I actually have court and I don't want to face jail time. I'm a single mom of 2 kids. I know I shouldn't have been stealing in the first place and I’m not only ashamed but regretful. I don't know what to do. I can't afford an attorney and I can't even sleep thinking of what I've done and the possibility of going to jail. I did contact a lawyer and he said he highly doubt I'd receive jail time, maybe probation and/or a fine.

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Instead of worrying about the jail time, you need to focus your attention on how you can avoid being convicted. Petty theft is a crime of moral turpitude, and if convicted it will really hurt your school/employment aspirations. You should talk to a lawyer, who may be able to work out a deal with the Judge whereby you can earn yourself another dismissal.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/18/2017
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