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What’ll happen after my first petty theft conviction?

It was my first time bein in trouble. Just a petty theft. I know I shouldnt of done it but I cant take it back now so whats gunna happen?


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    John J. Carney | The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    401 East 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    (917) 696-2363
    Retain a good lawyer to get an ACD dismissal. You should start to make good decisions and think of the consequences in the future or you will get a criminal record. Then you will not be able to get a decent job.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 3/17/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    Probation, fine, community service IF you are luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 3/14/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    Depending on the amount allegedly stolen and the jurisdiction where the event occurred, petty theft or shoplifting can be met with a mere citation (infraction), or charged as a misdemeanor or even a felony, with possible jail sentences of 6 months to 3 years. It will be up to the D.A. to determine how the crime will be charged. I suggest that you hire an attorney prior to your court date in order to get you the best deal possible.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/12/2013
    Steve Freeborn | Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    33400 9th Avenue S. Suite 208
    Federal Way, WA 98003
    (253) 838-4477
    Many people write to me and say "it was JUST a petty theft...the value of the property was not that much...." My response: it is still theft. Petty theft is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000.00 fine. While it is true that you probably will not go to jail on a first time conviction, the ramifications of a conviction are still far reaching. With a conviction, you now have to disclose it on job applications. How many employers are going to want to hire someone they cant trust? If you are going to college, a conviction can disqualify you from certain educational grants and scholarships. So, you can see, it is not JUST petty theft.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 3/12/2013
    Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    343 East Main Street, Suite 314
    Stockton, CA 95202
    (209) 463-9715
    Ask your attorney when you go to court.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/12/2013
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