My uncle thinks i stole $800 from him and im wondering what charges i could get and if id get jail time
The question isn't what your uncle thinks, it is what law enforcement thinks after he calls them. If they believe there is probable cause to arrest you for theft or burglary, I suspect they'll arrest you. If you think this is likely to happen, consult a local criminal defense attorney.
This answer is provided for general information only. No legal advice can be given without a consult as to the specifics of the case.
Agree with Mr. Witt. It's what police believe, based on evidence that counts. If you have reason to believe you might face charges, consult with a criminal attorney for advice.
A basic theft charge carries with it a maximum of 9 months in jail. If this is charged as a burglary or something more than a theft, you're facing a felony charge, which could send you to prison.
It wouldn't be a bad idea to ensure your uncle somehow came upon his $800.
If you are asking about what sentence you would receive in a particular matter, there are too many factors that go into that determination that your short post did not (and really cannot) cover, for any attorney to be able to give you accurate and reliable advice. Theft has various forms based upon the facts and circumstances. There are also a number of other potential crimes that can be charged based upon how the thief gets into the position to be able to take something that doesn't belong to him. Then there is the potential for plea negotiations that can affect which charges a defendant will actually face at sentencing. Then at sentencing the judge will consider the nature of the offense, the character of the defendant, and the need to protect the public. So, what I am telling you is that this is a really good question to ask your attorney. If you believe that you can be charged with a crime, I would strongly advise you NOT to talk to anyone about the facts of the case (what you did or did not do) except your attorney (that includes your uncle). If you are asked questions by law enforcement, tell them respectfully that you are more than glad to speak with them as soon as you have your attorney present. If they ask for that attorney's name, tell them that you need to get one. If you cannot afford to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney on your own, then contact the Office of the State Public Defender to see if they will appoint an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you.
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