I'm wondering if I will get probation or what to expect....I've been charged with theft of property which is a class d felony in Arkansas. I was wondering if the judge would give me probation & just let me pay off the restitution within 30 days. I need help please. This is my first felony
You have a lot of options, depending on the facts of the case, but you definitely need an attorney to help you negotiate. I would recommend hiring private counsel who practices frequently in that court, if you are able to afford them. If not, ask for the public defender. Most public defenders are good attorneys, but most are also overworked.
And start saving now for restitution. If you can pay everything back quickly that could go a long way in getting this resolved with minimum damage to you and your criminal record.
Mr. Dowden's advice is thorough, unbiased, and forward thinking. Most importantly, it gives you good opportunity to achieve the outcome you seem to want. Good luck.
A class D felony is the lowest classification of felony in Arkansas and is punishable by 0 to 6 years imprisonment and/or fines not exceeding $10,000.
As this is your first felony, a good lawyer may be able to get you off with straight probation (no jail time). Depending on the circumstances--including the value of what they say you stole--it might even be possible to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanor. If the State's case isn't strong an experienced lawyer might get your charge dismissed completely. On the other hand, you could be convicted by a jury and be sentenced to 6 years in prison plus a $10,000 fine.
Without knowing the facts of the case it's pretty hard to be more specific than that. Hire yourself a good lawyer. No attorney worth his salt can guarantee you a good outcome, but retaining a good one can greatly improve your chances of coming out of this without losing too much too much personal hair.
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