So I was charged with theft in the 3rd degree. This is my first ever offense besides a "camping in a non-designated area" fine. I'm really scared that I'll have to serve jail time. I did however say I would pay the $215 back, do the community service and probation on my statement. But I have a bad feeling I'll be in jail for a couple months. What should I do? I've never had to do anything like this before.
"But I have a bad feeling I'll be in jail for a couple months." It would be rather remarkable for a first time offender to actually be in jail for a few months even though the law does allow a convict of a gross misdemeanor to be jailed up to 364 days.
Often, first time offenders do not serve any jail time although practically all convicts of gross misdemeanors likely are sentenced to the full 364 days. The courts want to hold the suspended portions of the sentence as incentives for the convicts to remain law abiding.
Until you are sentenced, you do not know what the sentence is.
What you should be doing is to not be posting confessions on public forums such as this site. What you should be doing is to talk only with your attorney about the specifics of the incident.
I think that you are unlikely to do that much jail on a first offense, but it is technically possible. Get an attorney or get one appointed if you can't afford one, and talk to only that attorney about this. You will probably come through this ok. Best of luck to you.
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