I received a notice to appear for a F5 charge of theft. I was never arrested. I have been making monthly payments to a recovery attorney for the amount and I received the letter for arraignment with my having only one more payment to make. This was completely unexpected since it's been about 6 months since the incident. I'm already looking into hiring a defense attorney, although I'm not sure I can afford one. All of my money has gone to making the monthly payments, while continuing to work and pay rents and other bills. This is my first offense. I am diagnosed with PTSD and this is making it worse. I fully understand what I did was a thousand percent wrong, which is why I'm paying everything back. The whole reason it started was to avoid homelessness and to still carry a job when it happened. Now I have a better job that affords me the payments of everything I need so I don't ever even have to think about what I did happening again. The company I stole from refers to their employees as "family" so I betrayed family, but this isn't how you treat family who betrays you either. I have no family around me. I just have my cats, who have been there for me when I was ready to end it all.
Felonies of the fifth degree do carry a presumption of community control. Community control can be a mix of local jail time , probation and other court run programs. It is always in your best interest to hire an attorney to help guide you through this situation. In the event that you can not afford an attorney, you may be eligible for a court appointed attorney depending on your income.
It sounds like you had a lot going on in your life when this occurred. You need to get your story out and attempt to minimize the impact this charge could have on your life and job. Having an attorney is the best thing you can do to help yourself right now.
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