Some1 I know has been summoned via mail to MC: theft 2C: 20-4A over $1k. They need a court lawyer. What is the procedure?

Asked over 1 year ago - East Hanover, NJ

2nd offense. 1st offense was disposed and fines paid. The person is a Greencard holder which expires in 4 months, how does this affect them for renewal,etc? How long do these cases usually last? Whats the worst case scenario?

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  1. Dean P Murray

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    Answered . Any violation under Title 2C in NJ can have far reaching immigration consequences. I would strongly suggest borrowing money to hire an experienced immigration lawyer if he values the ability to remain in the United States or obtain an immigration benefit in the future.

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  2. Eric M. Mark

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    Answered . As a non citizen, he really needs a lawyer who understands immigration law. A second theft conviction will result in loss of the green card and deportation proceedings. I know you said your friend cannot afford a lawyer, but he needs to ask friends and family to help him out because more than just probation and a fine are at stake.

  3. Mark M Cheser

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    Answered . Theft by Deception is a serious charge for a non-citizen. Although the case may be in Municipal Court the amount is a "crime" in NJ, 3rd degree. I assume from your post the the case has been reviewed and downgraded by the county prosecutor. However two DPs can certainly be a problem with the INS. In addition, a second DP may carry probation or some county time as a sentence. Many times this type of offense can be negotiated toward a dismissal. That would be the best course given his status.

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