In my experience, both as a former prosecutor and as a defense attorney, it is my opinion that it is unlikely that you face jail time. However, I would have to first read the police report and speak to anyone (including you) in person to give a better and informed assessment of the case.
All the options you mention are within reach. Also, consider the possibility that an experienced attorney may be able to fight the charge and get a dismissal or a not guilty verdict!
My suggestion is that you contact a criminal defense attorney ASAP and schedule a consultation in private and in confidence.
Hope this helps and best of luck!
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You need to hire a criminal defense attorney ASAP to represent you. First time offenders are treated differently than repeat offenders. Your attorney should be able to negotiate a settlement without you going to jail. You may be placed on probation, make restitution for an loss, a fine and/or court costs. Get counsel!
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Unless the facts are extraordinarily egregious, the odds are very minimal.
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1. Is it possible you could get jail time? Yes. Is it likely? No.
2. Could you work something out for probation? Yes, that is very likely.
3. A big fine is very unlikely.
4. Community Service is commonly ordered.
Now, you say "I got a letter to go into Court". If you received a "Notice of Hearing on an Application for Criminal Complaint" then you will have a hearing before a Clerk-Magistrate of the Court and the Clerk will decide whether a criminal complaint will be issued against you. If your case is in Lawrence District Court you are fortunate as Lawrence is a good court to be in. THIS IS A CHANCE TO KILL THE CASE AND AVOID HAVING A CRIMINAL RECORD. YOU SHOULD GET A GOOD CRIMINAL LAWYER IN THE LAWRENCE AREA TO GO TO THE HEARING WITH YOU. Nobody wants to have a criminal record for larceny because that will brand you as a thief and no one wants to hire a thief. If you received a "Summons To Defendant" then a criminal complaint has already been issued against you and you want to have a lawyer represent you. You are only 19 and you have a clean record; a good criminal lawyer can help you to keep your record clean. Don't screw around with this. Get a lawyer.
Robert D. Lewin, Attorney
LEWIN & LEWIN, CRIMINAL LAWYERS
Offices in ANDOVER, MA and MALDEN, MA