Unless you are less than 19 years old coming out of this will require a really good criminal defense lawyer to do a great job. I suggest you hire a good criminal defense lawyer.
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Judges are tough upstate. You definitely need a top notch criminal attorney who can perhaps creatively come up with a disposition that would not leave you with a criminal record and would satisfy the prosecutor.
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First, if you cannot afford an attorney because of a determination of indigency, you will be appointed an attorney for all stages of the prosecution. Your matter may be negotiated by an attorney to something less or no conviction at all. You lack of history may outweigh the violation of trust to your employer and the felony level amount of the theft. These are often key factors in the disposition. Sometimes people are able to enter the military despite a misdemeanor conviction. You can even become a police officer with most misdemeanor convictions as well nowadays.
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