I have a record and I was convicted 4 and a half years ago of Grand Larceny. I have done very well for myself over the past 4 years. I have held a steady job, finished school, and gotten engaged to a beautiful woman. I was recently caught shoplifting 94 dollars worth of merchandise at a local walmart. I feel like an idiot for slipping up. I honestly wasnt thinking when I did this. I apologized to the stores asset protection manager and gave them back their merchandise unopened. I was given a citation to show up in court for shoplifting and I am very worried. I'm not a first time offender and even though the amount I tried to take was low I am concerned I could be looking at jail time. Is there anyway the judge would allow me to do community service or a shop theft class or even a fee in lieu of jail time. I've worked hard to get back on my feet and I made a stupid mistake without thinking and I don't want this stupid mistake to end all I have worked so hard to regain. Any help or advise would be appreciated.
Impossible to say what will or will not happen. Your prior criminal history will work against you, but that does not mean that you will automatically go to jail. You need to stop posting online and hire the best criminal defense attorney you can afford to help you with this situation.
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It does not sound good, since what you have done since your felony does not change the fact that you chose to steal again. You need to hire a very experienced criminal layer and follow their advice - good luck!
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