Today I got caught stealing about 168$ at my job today, I took 2 pair of shoes. I got caught on the way out of leaving work then they took me to the back room, from there one of the loss prevention employees wrote down a report. Then we waited for the cops to get there. Then they, asked to look through my bag & asked if I had anything illegal. I told them I had some pot. They looked through my purse ( the stuff I stole were in a different bag). It was maybe less than 3 grams. The cops we're really cool and didn't arrest me for any thing. But they did give me 2 class B misdeamnors. One for the pot and one for theft. So I was just wondering before hand, how much would they usually fine me for both citations? That way I know what to save up and what not. I also know they're is payment plans in most cases. I just wanna know whats at hand here & what I can do to just make this a bit easy on me. I'm 25 years old, Female & my 1st big offense. ( Not sure that would matter though.) I live in Travis county, Austin Tx. I know I was stupid for doing this and I wish I didn't do it but I did. I can't take that back
Any advice sure would help a lot!
Since you were given citations for both cases you will have to go do the magistration at JP5 on your own. The date that you are to report to the court will be on the citations. When you do the magistration a bond amount will be set, you'll be given personal bonds on each case and you'll be given another court date. You'll need to hire a lawyer for these subsequent court dates unless you qualify for a court appointed one. They will likely ask you financial questions when you are getting your personal bond to see if you qualify for a court appointed lawyer. In Travis county employee theft is taken pretty seriously and you may be looking at probation. The class B, first time POM case is likely to be resolved by you having to take a class and do community service. All these things are negotiated by a criminal defense lawyer with the prosecutors. So it's in your best interest to hire someone that you're confident in to represent you. Even though you're not looking at jail time or huge fines, having a crime of moral turpitude, the theft, or a drug charge conviction on your record will cause major problems for you for the rest of your life.
How much should you save up to pay off the fine? I'm sorry to be the one to break the bad news to you, but you're looking at the possibility of prison time. You need to hire an attorney first thing Monday morning. These are two offenses that are not necessarily very "major" offenses, but put together and without an attorney, you may be looking at some serious prison time. If you hire a good criminal defense attorney you might be able to get off with some probation or maybe even deferred adjudication. If you give back the money and apologize then your former employer might sign an Affidavit of Non-Prosecution and might convince the prosecutor to drop the theft charges. Then if you're just looking at Class B for possession then you are looking at a much better chance of getting a light sentence. Best advice I can give, you get yourself an attorney ASAP.
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Oh, good Lord. As long as the descrption you gave was correct, you are very definitely not looking at prison time. Prison is for felonies, not Class B misdemeanors. It's doubtful they're even going to be interested in sending you to jail. But it is true that Class B misdemeanors are jailable offenses, meaning you could get up to six months in the county jail on each charge (six months total, those wouldn't be stacked). Very, very unlikely, though.
What you really need to worry about is not ending up in jail, and not even how much this is going to cost you upfront. Your real concern needs to be the effect these charges will have on your future. Especially with the theft, but even just with a pot charge, it can be very difficult to get a job or any kind of state licensing down the road (and I mean even WAY down the road, like 10 or 20 years from now), if you end up with convictions on your record. A conviction on the pot charge will also get you a suspension of your driver's license or ability to get one, which can end up being a real mess to sort out.
The good news is that with these being your first offenses, there's the potential you may be able to get dispositions that will leave you able to later get the records of them expunged, and that's what you should be aiming for right now. So please find yourself an attorney who's willing to fight to leave that option open for you, because it really can make a huge difference in your future. Good luck.
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