It was a first offense i have a clean criminal record. Is there any way this could be of my criminal record? I am trying within the next 2 years to be a flight attendant. Will the court be nice and let me go? What will happen?
Courts are trying to discourage future criminal behavior so they are not trying to be "nice". You are facing at least one class A misdemeanor punishable up to one year in jail and $1000 fine. That being said there are two results that can be achieved in this case that will not leave you with a criminal record. The first is a violation which is not a crime which seals after one year, It is usually a plea to Disorderly Conduct under PL 240.20. The better result is an ACD or adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. This result ends up with a complete dismissal of all charges and seals after 6 months. The court will likely require a stoplift class and community service as punishment. In my experience at least one of these options should be available to you depending on the value of the items they allege you stole. See my guide linked below for more information on an ACD.
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You might be an,e to receive an ACD which means if you stay out of trouble for a period of six months the case would be dismissed and sealed as though it never happened. alternatively, you might be offered a disorderly conduct which is a violation and not a crime. This too would be sealed. In the worst case scenario you are still eligible for youthful offender treatment. This means that you wouldnt have a conviction anyway. I suggest you get an attorney to assist you. S/he would best be able to advise and guide you. Good luck
Courts aren't nice and let you go.
You are under 19 and if this is a misdemeanor, it will be sealed. If it is a felony, it may be sealed. This is called Youthful Offender
A misdemeanor still has other potential consequences including jail, probation, community service and fines.
Have your parents hire an attorney asap.
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You will be totally fine. Cal an experienced attorney
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