i was granted youthful offender status for a theft of property case. This is my second time getting arrested for this same charge. What is usually the punishment for this crime if this is the second time?
White Collar Crime Lawyer
You are lucky to have been granted YO. The answer depends on whether the underlying offense was a felony or a misdemeanor and whether it was in state or municipal court.
If you were granted YO on a misdemeanor theft in municipal court, the maximum sentence is likely 6 months.
If you were granted YO on a misdemeanor theft in state court, the maximum sentence is 12 months.
If you were granted YO on a felony in state court, the maximum sentence is 3 years.
You are likely a good candidate for probation given the fact you were granted YO in the first place, but some jail is possible due to your prior. You definitely need an attorney to protect you.