Lost my job due to being charged with welfare fraud first offense ?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Fort Worth, TX

Could i get probation instead of jail time and do community service until i can find a job to pay restitution? Or will they automatically jail me if i cant pay right then and there the whole amount.

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  1. Evan Edward Pierce-Jones

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    Answered . Typically, first offenders who are willing to pay restitution, even if it's in monthly payments, end up getting probation. If a defendant has a criminal record, then whether the defendant gets probation depends on how bad the case is and how bad the defendant's record is. You did not offer us any info on that, so I can't speak to your situation. However, getting a good criminal defense lawyer to assist you may be quite helpful. Actually, not all welfare fraud cases that are filed are good cases. There are some technicalities the government can mess up and end up with a loser. A criminal defense lawyer can look at that angle for you, too.

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  2. Macy Michelle Jaggers

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    Answered . See my answer to your previous question.

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  3. Richard Timothy Jones

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    Answered . If you have never been convicted of a felony you are eligible for probation. In these circumstances I usually advise my clients to hold for a probation deal.
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