I've been to court twice and every option that my lawyer is trying to plea on my behalf the prosecutor's say that they don't offer civil remedies or diverison programs. Now the case is going before a jury trial. Just scared and just want a second chance. And very remorseful for my actions. I work at a bank which could cost me my job, and my real estate license may be terminated as well. I'm just worried about the outcome and why is it necessary for the prosecutor's to take it this far.
Jail diversion and/or good behavior pleas are usually reserved for younger people who make a bad decision. At age 34, the prosecutor may think you are too old to be given such a break. Also, the prosecutor may be considering that you have been charged with a crime that involves theft and given your position working in a bank and in real estate, the prosecutor may think a more serious punishment is warranted for this offense.
Also, the prosecutor must also take into account the victim's position related to any type of plea agreement. In your situation, the store owner may be takinga hardline and not agreeing to any type of plea reduction.
With all that said, your lawyer should be the one answering this question. Talk with him or her and see if he/she has any suggestions on what you might could do to help persuade the prosecutor or victim to "go lenient" on you. It does appear from your post they have offered to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor, so I'm not exactly how much more leniency you should expect.
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