Can I get time if I'm still in High school on my first gross misdemeanor? I had a clean record before all of this. ?
Everything was returned and the investigator said that Id have to pay the store back for what I haven't returned monthly.
Please get back to me.
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Jail time is a possibility; however, it's not likely. At your age, a conviction for this charge could have a very lasting negative impact on your life. It would be in your best interest to get an attorney on board to do everything possible to avoid a conviction. This is possible.
If you were a juvenile when it happened, you have basically zero chance of every doing time. If you're an adult, it's still a near zero chance. If you have a clean record, your county likely has a "property theft diversion program". Means you admit it off record, you pay any restitution and do some service or programming, and if you don't break the law for a year, goes away like it never happened. This may or may not be something you need to hire a lawyer for but I've seen people be offered such programming without having a lawyer.
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Yes, you could face time. Getting an attorney can help to minimize that as well as to keep this off of your record. Get an attorney ASAP.
I'd be more worried about your future with a theft conviction or "charge" on your record. Make an investment in your future by retaining a lawyer who will better manage the potential long-term consequences here. Many of us offer free consults.
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It’s possible but unlikely. Take it seriously and get help with this charge from an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area.
Congratulations for making it to high school before being charged with a crime. I doubt you will do any time, but time may be hanging over your head while you're on probation. An attorney would ensure the best outcome. Stop stealing.
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