Im A Certified Nurse Assistant. This is my first vandlism charge but i have a prior disturbing the peace charge that i have summary probation for. I can pay any fines that i may recieve and do what i must as long as i can stay out of jail and keep my job.
You may be able to stay out of jail. You need an attorney to represent you, and hopefully work out a civil compromise or plea to a different lesser charge. Vandalism comes with a one year drivers license suspension . You might have to deal with the violation of your probation. Finally, I am not certain, but there could be collateral effects on your license . Get an attorney and go over all these points.
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The question of custody often hinges upon the circumstances of the case. I am a criminal defense attorney in San Diego County and it seems that custody is not the default option in most misdemeanor cases unless there are aggravating factors. It's important that you work with your attorney to ensure your situation doesn't get any further out of hand. Please feel free to contact my office for a free consultation.
IN addition to what my colleagues have said, there is the question of whether you hold a state license for what you do for a living. If you do, a conviction will have an adverse impact. Contact Christine Mccall of this list who is our resident expert in the area of licensing.
Are you currently on probation, if so you also have a Probation violation most probably.
You need to fight the charges and try and get some sort of diversion program so you don't ruin your record.
Most likely you will be able to stay out of jail. You will have to pay restitution for any damage. However, I would be most concerned as how another misdemeanor conviction will impact your CNA license. You should consult with an attorney promptly.
You need to be concerned about the new case but also the case for which you are on probation, and also your employment. As the other attorneys said, in most situations jail time is unlikely. You need to consult with a lawyer who knows the judges and prosecutors involved in your case.
(Please remember: I am not your attorney and you should not rely on my comments as specific legal advice for your individual situation.)
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