The theft was a case of beer from a 7/11. I just turned 18 and I'm a first time offender. What are the chances I'm sentenced to jail time, and are there any measures I can take to help ensure I won't be sentenced?
All of the charges appear to be class A misdemeanors. If in fact they are, you are eligible for court supervision on all charges except the resisting or obstructing a peace officer for which court supervision is not an available sentence.
If you are convicted of resisting or obstructing a peace officer the sentence must include either 48 hours jail or 100 hours of community service work.
Possession of drug paraphernalia requires a minimum $750.00 fine as part of the sentence.
In the abstract, few first time offenders are sentenced to jail. You've got a couple of "sticky" charges, though. There are some judges out there that especially dislike things like resisting arrest or other crimes against an officer.
Retail theft can cause problems if it's not handled correctly. Not only does it bring with it a longer "waiting" period for expungement (assuming you are charged with a misdemeanor and are eligible for supervision), it could cause a subsequent charge to become a felony. The drug paraphernalia charge also brings with it a mandatory minimum sentence of $750.
If I were in your shoes, I'd contact a lawyer. If you cannot afford one, apply for the public defender when you can.
The chances are slim for jail time if you have no prior record, and hire an experienced attorney.
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