How much time will i get, or will it be probation? I have also agreed to be a CI and take down the buyer. The buyer will purchase rocks taken from the national monument knowing they were illeagally taken. I have a large criminal record in the state court, and only a .073 DUI, in the federal court, as far as a criminal history goes. Is this something that is serious and could justify clogging up the system and waisting tax dollars on? I mean rocks off the ground is all i am talking about. I hardly looked at it as theft of government property. I mean, at most, I thought a ticket and a fine, but prison time? Is this real or am I just a over catastrophing this situation? Although, very real, without-a-doubt! Help!!! Tell me something reassuring here. Please!
Typically white collar crimes are fraud offenses. Whether or not your charge is categorized as white collar, however, has no bearing on its seriousness or what you are facing. One could debate whether prosecution and wasting tax dollars is justified, but the point is that a prosecutor has already decided to prosecute you. The gov't has made the decision that it is justified and that is all that matters. Depending on whether the value of the rocks taken exceeds $1000 the offense could be a felony. It is impossible to say how much time you are facing for this. First, as noted above, the value of the property makes a big difference. In addition, your entire record--state and federal will affect your sentencing guideline range. Your cooperation, if successful, could lead the government to make a motion to sentence you below the guideline range. Thus, there are a host of factors that should be discussed with your lawyer. But you should forget any idea that the prosecutor will decide this just isn't worth pursuing. That boat has already sailed.
You need a lawyer to represent you. Your lawyer can assist you in determining what the charges might be and what value your assistance will be to the government. You should avoid posting comments or confessions on public websites where police and prosecutors might see them and use them against you. Your lawyer can advise you on your situation, anyone else would just be guessing.
This response does not create an attorney client relationship and is offered for informational purposes only. Only a lawyer fully versed on the facts and circumstances of your case can properly advise you on the case. I am licensed to practice in Minnesota, not every state. You should always consult with an attorney licensed in your area on how best to proceed.
You actually posted on the internet that you are going to be a CI? How many cases of theft of rocks from a national monument do you suppose there are in Saint George, Utah? Friend, you are over your head in a bad way, and you need help. Get an attorney who is familiar with federal criminal practice and, if you possibly can, erase that posting.
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