I stole giftcrds and bought products with them. but then I gave the back, I gave the product back, I just wanna know if im going to jail or just paying a fine.
It's possible but not likely. There are far too many factors in play to know for sure. It's also not likely you will just pay a fine. If convicted, the most likely outcome is probation. If you have a clean record you may be eligible for a diversion program, which could help you avoid conviction. Theft type conviction are real job killers so you should get a lawyer and shoot for diversion, if possible.
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Theft of that amount is a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries a maximum jail sentence of up to 180 days in jail. There is no mandatory minimum jail time with this offense. There are a bunch of factors that determine whether or not jail time will be given. First the defendant's criminal history. This includes everything that you have ever been convicted of. The more you have on your record the more likely jail becomes. The amount stolen. A misdemeaor theft is anything less than $1000. The higher the value the more likely jail time. In your case you are alleged to have stolen more than a couple of dollars worth of items which makes jail time more likely. Another factor is the court you are charged in. I am aware of a couple courts who rouintely put first time theft offenders in jail. The best way to protect yourself from jail time is to retain a good criminal defense attorney familiar with your court who can assist you.
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