A third offense retail theft is a felony 3. The maximum penalty is 7 years imprisonment. The usual sentence is probation.
However, an experienced defense attorney may be able to assist you in achieving a negotiated pleas agreement which may reduce the grading of the charge.
yes and yes. As Mr. Morgan says the sentence will often be probation but I have seen jail sentences as well so it is certainly worth your friends while to retain counsel to represent him in this matter.
Yes, it could be charged as a 3rd degree Felony, but doesn't have to stay that way. If your friend has not hired an attorney, I strongly would advise him to do so quickly. Many times at a preliminary hearing you can convince the officer to drop the grading of the offense.
Paul A. Bauer, III, Esquire