I was arrested yesterday for criminal conversion. This is my first offense ever, I've never even had a speeding ticket. I was released on OR. I plan on hiring an attorney, but is there a possibility to get a lesser charge, or possibly have it expunged from my record after probation or anything? The judge said the fine could be up to a year in jail. I know I was in the wrong, but my experience in jail was enough to have a wake up call and learn from my stupid mistake. How much do attorneys charge for a case like this?
You should find out if there is a Pre-Trial Diversion program available. In Monroe Co. its called (PDP). In Vanderburgh Co they call it PTD. Each county that offers the program sets their own terms but they usually involve some community service and staying out of trouble for 12 months. There is also a fee for the program usually around $500. If you successfully complete it, the charges are dismissed. They are not expunged, but you will not have a conviction for conversion on your record. You should however, make sure the program does not require you to plead guilty to participate. If it does, contact a criminal defense lawyer in Indianapolis
This response is meant to provide general information only and should not be considered to be legal advice. This information is not meant and should not be construed to be the formation of an attorney client relationship.
You should hire an attorney to represent you in your case. You should see if you can participate in a pre-trial deferral program in which your case would be dismissed if you follow the terms of the program. Attorneys charge different amounts of money for this case. You could call several different attorneys to see what the varying attorneys' fees are for your type of case.
Juan C. Garcia, Jr.
GARCIA LAW OFFICE, LLC
First, be very careful about what you post online about your case. Anything statement you publish on-line could potentially be used by the prosecutor to prove guilt in your case, so you want to make sure you do not write anything that could be interpreted to be an admission of guilt. The prosecutor could be relying on weak evidence as a basis of the charge against you, but a statement that is posted on-line and that can be attributed to you could, in the end, give the prosecutor a much stronger case.
In Marion County, it is possible to have your first-offense misdemeanor case resolved short of conviction. If this happens, you probably won't be able to have the arrest expunged, but you can petition the Court for an order restricting access to your arrest records. Such an Order is designed to prevent non-criminal justice employers from getting access to the information.
I recommend that you hire an attorney or, if you are unemployed and cannot afford an attorney, ask the court to appoint an one as soon as possible.
Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney that is familiar with the county and court you face charges in. Each county and court are different.
This is not legal advice. Legal advice can only be obtained from a lawyer after you have entered into an attorney client relationship. If you would like to discuss your case please contact me at (317) 489-9611.
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