It will affect you, but depending on the result at trial
the effect could vary quite a bit
Regardless of what you may have said prior to trial, you still have the right to plead not guilty. This is good, since it may allow you to enter into a plea agreement
with the state that will reduce your sentence. Depending on the amount of theft and the circumstances, you may be able to have the charges deferred or sent to alternative resolution to keep this from going on your criminal record
or allowing you to remove in the future.
For this process, you need a good lawyer, someone who will fight for you to get the best deal possible.
If you are convicted of a felony you will lose several rights, including the right to own a gun
and perhaps the right to vote.
Prospective employers will be able to see if you have a conviction, either a felony or misdemeanor
I recommend you work with your attorney and get the best deal possible, hopefully one that will allow you in the future to remove this from your record
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