within the jurisdiction of this court, commit the offense of theft by unlawfully taking certain movable property, namely s7 cellphone and case, valued at $835, belonging to company, with purpose to deprive them thereof, specifically by taking the cellphone and case , placing it into his lunch bag and attempting to leave the building through a security checkpoint. in violation of N.J.S. 2C:20-3A, third degree crime. i did it first time in my life. so give a advise what i can do next.. thank you
First of all, your case may be reduced to a disorderly persons offense which is heard in municipal court. You have options if that is the case, but if worse comes to worse and you are convicted (by trial or guilty plea) you more than likely, will, if you have no prior record, receive a fine only. If you are a first time offender and the matter goes to Superior Court and there is a guilt determination, you would also probably receive a fine with a probationary period. You would be eligible for PTI (a diversionary program) in Superior Court and a conditional dismissal in municipal court. If you have a prior record, you could receive uo tp 3-5 years in jail in Superior Court and 6 months in municipal court, if convicted. Its a good idea to find and hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
With a good theft lawyer that has a good relationship with the prosecutor and judges you should be able to stay out of jail, get the charges reduced and downgraded and eventually go on with your life. That being said, all of this will take your lawyer time and the more time you give to your lawyer to work on the case the better the chance of all of what I said happening. You need to immediately start looking for a good lawyer because if the case is not handeled correctly and quickly you are technically looking at up to 5 years in jail $15K in fines and other penalties including probation, DNA sampling, etc, etc.
The worse thing I see my clients doing is waiting to hire me for a case, because if your case is going to be downgraded from a 3rd degree offense to municipal court in Middlesex County it generally must be done within a week of getting the complaint. Your attorney during this time will contact the court and prosecutor and present reasons why this should be done, but if you wait to long then it complicates matters. Again, call one of us criminal lawyers now, most of us offer free in office consultations and remember never discuss your case over the web or on the phone and as even these websites are monitored by the government and anything you say here can be used against you in court.
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In Middlesex county that amount of theft, although 3rd degree, may well be downgraded to Municipal Court. If the state has the proofs programs are available to first offenders in either place. With an experienced criminal defense attorney your record could be cleared in 2 years.
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