I am accused of breaking a store front window. I am very scared of the outcome this is my first criminal offense. Im 18 years old and am currently attending school to pursue a career in Homeland Security. it will probably be impossible for me to get a job with a criminal record. I am just wondering what the possible punishment will be and if there is anyway this can be erased from my record
The worst case scenario is that you are convicted after trial and you are sentenced to a year in jail, are ordered to pay a 1000 fine and have a criminal record for life. That's the worst possible outcome but as a practical matter seeing as this is your first offense I very highly doubt that this will occur. It is very possible for you to walk away from this without a criminal record. You may end up with a disorderly conduct which is a violation and not a crime and a requirement of restitution and some community service. You might even be able to ultimeately receive a better disposition then that. You should get yourself an attorney as soon as possible. S/he will be able to advise and guide you and negotiate the best possible disposition for you. Good luck!
You should do fine, unless there is something I don't know. If you don't have any priors and you hire the right attorney, then you will make out just fine.
Scott Gross Esq
Former Suffolk Prosecutor
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You will be designated as a youthful offender and therefore not subject to a criminal record. You may need to perform community service, pay restitution for the window and could possibly have the case dismissed.
You will not end up with a criminal record b/c of your age. You are a mandatory youthful offender since you are under 19 and it's a misdemeanor. At it's worst, the possibile sentences are up to 3 years probation, 6 months jail or a combo. If you can make restitution, jail will not be an issue and probation may not happen either. Community service is a real possibility with the restitution.
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)
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