Would it be smart for me to plead guilty after getting caught and charged for retail theft? 6 Answers as of August 20, 2015

Would it be smart for me to plead guilty after getting caught and charged for retail theft? The items I stole amounted to $290. If I do just pay the fine for being guilty would that be better?

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Sure, until you write back in two years and ask how to get it expunged off your record, because you cannot get a job.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 8/20/2015
Anderson Law Office
Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
You should contact an attorney asap. You don't want a theft conviction on your record if at all possible. It can affect employment, housing and travel.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 8/20/2015
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
I would suggest that you engage an attorney and stop admitting to criminal activity over the Internet. Regarding further advice, I would have to have the details before a reasoned opinion could be formed.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/19/2015
Law Office of Edward J. Blum
Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
No. It would be dumb, unless you don't need a job, where people will ask if you've ever been convicted.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/19/2015
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
Nope. 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 you will regret for life.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/19/2015
    LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com
    LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com | Andrea Storey Rogers
    No, it would not be better for you to plead guilty to stealing. Potential penalty for stealing in Missouri is 1 year in jail and $1,000 fine. A conviction for stealing can not be expunged (removed) later and will stay on your criminal record forever and will prevent you from getting a job, renting an apartment, or getting federal student loans. Hire an attorney to take care of this for you.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 8/19/2015
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