I stole 4000 dollars from my work and I came clean today after being caught. I don't know what to do they didn't tell me what they are going to do but if they take it to court I wanted to know if I can avoid jail time in anyway. I never have gotten in trouble with the police before..
It is possible you can avoid jail, or even a conviction, particularly is you pay restitution. If you can pay restitution immediately, you should be prepared to do so - even if it means borrowing from family. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you with this. You may want to reach out to the employer and see if you can negotiate payment in exchange for no criminal complaint application. If a complaint does issue, get an experienced criminal defense attorney. I have had clients avoid jail over things like this. Good luck.
I know you understand the seriousness of this: larceny over $250 is a felony. Your (former?) employer may be willing to keep this out of criminal court, but you have to act quickly and responsibly. Find a way to come up with the money and get an attorney to help you so that you don't get yourself into more trouble. A compassionate attorney can often go a long way toward smoothing out a rough relationship. A compassionate criminal defense attorney can plead your case, your lack of past record, and perhaps convey your situation and remorse to both the opposing counsel and the judge. Find one ASAP.
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The two previous attorneys are ont the mark with their answers. Assuming you have no other criminal record, you will avoid jailtime; but, you should act quickly and contact an experienced criminal attorney to guide you through the process and help direct the process in a manner favorable to you.
I have to disagree with my colleagues answer.Offering to pay them $4,000 before any complaint has even been filed may be a mistake. They could still file a criminal complaint against you and you'd still be out $4000. They may accept the loss and not file a criminal complaint.
Bottom line is in all likelihood even if they do move forward with a criminal complaint your not likely going to go to jail with no previous record. You can always opt to use restitution after they file a criminal complaint as a way of facilitating a probation plea-bargaining.
So before you write a check for $4000 to anyone, consult an attorney and find out what your real options are. It may be that paying your criminal defense attorney the money makes more sense in the end. After all you can always get your record sealed after your probation is up.
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