I'm 22 and I was arrested and charged with a breach of trust with fraudulent intent. The merchandise came up to $650.00, this is my first offense ever and the crime took place in South Carolina. I'm not looking for a if u can't do the time don't the crime speech, just what to expect.
I would suggest that you try and hire a local Criminal Defense Attorney. Typically, if this is a first time offense, you will receive probation, plus fines, or costs related to the recovery of the merchandise. Be sure to get a withhold of adjudication, that way you will not be considered a convicted Felon. Good Luck.
In SC this is a misdemeanor charge that carries potential penalty of 0-30 days which means that you could get zero time in jail or anywhere up to 30 days maximum plus a fine.
However, that is only if there is evidence to convict you and you either plead guilty are found guilty at trial. As this is your first offense ever there may be some options available to you where you do not have a conviction at all and can get the arrest expunged from your record but you will need to retain a lawyer to explore all those options fully.
Begin with the citation to the charge. This will provide, with some research effort, the sentencing parameters available to the judge. Consider, with the assistance of your experienced defense lawyer, a detailed and verified mitigation background that will be submitted to the sentencing judge at the appropriate time. Your lack of serious criminal background is an important starting point. Everything else that has been positive in your life needs to be documented. Mitigation is not just saying, "A reduced sentence is what I want". It is showing that the reduced sentence is right under the case and individual facts and circumstances.
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What to expect depends on the local prosecutor and judge, the victim, and your criminal defense lawyer. This is a misdemeanor charge. While that is better than a felony, it is still a criminal charge. The long-term consequences of a conviction can be far worse than anything the judge will do.
If you broke your arm, would you want a good doctor? Would you want the local boy scout who had some first aid training? Who do you want to set your arm? Would you perhaps want to do it yourself, maybe after checking some references online?
This is not a do-it-yourself situation. You need to be talking with a criminal defense lawyer there, now. If you can’t afford to hire one, you should get one appointed. In the meantime, you should not be discussing what happened with anyone, especially the police!
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