There are many variables which will impact the outcome in this matter. I encourage you to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to guide you through this matter. You are welcome to contact me as I will be happy to speak with you about this. With regards,
P Darrell Kimbrell
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Sitting down with an attorney from your area is the way to go. By sitting down and explaining all of the issues at hand he/she will be able to give you some insight on options and strategy.
Based on my experience, the answer is yes, except in extreme circumstances. If you get the right lawyer, you could also avoid a felony conviction, or the case may be dismissed in its entirety. Feel free to contact my office.
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You cannot just payoff the victims and get out of this. In fact, you may get additional charges added to your case if you approach the victims yourself about paying them off. You need the assistance of a good defense attorney to help you with this case.
First offender is a very good idea, but you are going to have to convince a judge to give it to you (it is discretionary). This is very difficult in a multi-victim, multi-count case. Basically, the judge may see this as a crime spree and deny first offender status. You have to be prepared to present a good mitigation case to convince the judge to give first offender to you in this circumstance. An attorney will know exactly what to tell the judge (and what not to tell the judge) to give you the best chance at getting a first offender sentence.
Nobody can tell you whether you are facing jail time without more information. There are too many factors that go into this calculation to know. An attorney would have to review the entire case against you and know who the judge was to answer this question. From your post, there are things in your favor (first time offender) and things that hurt you (multiple victims). You need the assistance of an attorney.
The fact that you have never been in trouble will be a great benefit to your case in terms of helping you avoid jail time. However given that the judge and the prosecutor handling your case will also play a role in the ultimate outcome, you are best served by contacting a local attorney to allow them to handle your case.