FIrst off, as a first offender with a clean record, your attorney would likely be able to at least work out some sentence
that does not include jail time. The courts
generally do not like to put first offenders in jail for things like this (shoplifting) and many times a skilled criminal attorney will even be able to work out a deferred sentence to get the charges dismissed upon completion of the sentence. This also depends upon the relationship the attorney has with the prosecutors and with the court. Also, the attorney should also be able to make a deal with the store itself and may be able to convince them to not prosecute the case in exchange for your payment of expenses to the store. While the 3rd Degree felony for grand theft
sounds serious to those not previously involved in the system, but under the FL laws, there is no minimum sentence for a 3rd degree felony and the maximum sentence is only 5 years, which means a first offender of a non-violent
crime is more likely than not going to only get a probationary sentence without any jail time at all.
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