First time petty theft value $200 for fashion jewelry not actual jewels. I was not violent, was very cooperative. What to expect at court? How much could the fine be? Court in Newport.
Although the law allows for up to 6 months in jail, any jail is HIGHLY unlikely. At minimum, you're looking at probation, fines/fees (up to $1000), a stay away order. There could be other penalties, but it's difficult to say what at this point. You should be aware that many petty thefts are being charged as misdemeanor burglaries if the prosecution can prove that a person had the intent to steal before entering the store. Do yourself a favor and hire a lawyer. Not only can they go to court for you without you needing to be present, but they can fight for the best possible outcome, which may include having the case dismissed. Use Avvo to find an attorney. Many of us offer free consultations. Best of luck.
The circumstances and your prior criminal History will determine your options.
Newport Beach Court also known as Harbor Justice Center is not shy to try this case. You should consult with a criminal attorney.
No jail time for a first offender in a petty theft information. Most likely a fine and some community service as a participant in the court's diversionary program. And most diversionary programs will expunge the offense if you stay clean for a certain period of time. Each state is different. Don't forget that a guilty plea, or a no contest plea may trigger an automatic civil penalty that the defendant will have to pay to the victim of the petty theft crime. It is usually in the range of about $250.00 that must be paid as a civil penalty, and companies have no compunction about demanding that the civil fine be paid. And it must be paid as part of the diversionary program. Good luck, sticky fingers! Wash those hands next time!
For a first offense such as you described, Jail is incredibly unlikely. It doesn't matter whether they charge it as a shoplift or a burglary, Jail is very unlikely. Yes, the charge does carry a possibility of Jail but most first time convictions do not involve a jail sentence.
But aside from just thinking about short-term consequences such as Jail, you really should focus on long-term consequences as well. A theft conviction on your record can have devastating effects well into the future. They can impact student loans, employment and reputation. Your goal should be (with the help of your attorney) to avoid a conviction if at all possible.
If you hire an attorney, they can appear on your behalf and you would not have to go to court on this case. Your attorney can review the police reports and other discovery looking for legal, factual or other defenses that will assist in trying to get this case dismissed. If you are going to hire an attorney, begin your search now. Your attorney may have suggestions for you about things to do even before your first court date to get you in a better position for a good outcome.
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For a first time offense, it is very unlikely that you will receive jail time. Ideally you would hire an attorney who will be able to negotiate with the District Attorney's office in an attempt to have your case diverted so no conviction will go on your record. I recommend meeting with several attorneys so you are able to ask questions to each one and ultimately hire an attorney you feel comfortable with.
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