Asked 6 months ago - Bronx, NYFlag
A very close friend of mine left her job and found out from a prior coworker that she was caught on camera stealing gift cards worth $10,000 for a friend. She understands what she did was stupid and regrets it. Its been weeks and she hasnt been contacted yet about anything but shes mortified of what is going to happen. Shes a single mother of two and a first offender. What are her chances of not going to jail but instead getting a lesser punishment?What should she expect over the next couple of weeks?
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With the value of the gift cards so high jail time is certainly a possibility. However, because it is her first offense she should be able to avoid jail. She will need her attorney to work closely with her to increase the likelihood that she will not have to spend any time in jail.
Your friend needs to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who is on very familiar working terms with the District Attorney's Office. There are many factors which come into play in determining a sentence, including the lack of any prior record, the willingness to take responsibility and the ability to pay restitution.
She should say nothing to ANYONE about this, including any investigator for the employer or the police.
Jail is a real possibility unless she can pay back the $$
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
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Garden City, NY 11530
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