Thank you for following up so quickly. It appears from my research that the statute of limitations is no less than 4 years in Louisiana for this type of crime, thus the State would have at least that long to file charges, though if you were already arrested, it appears they are moving forward.
I'm not certain exactly how you were charged, whether it was a simple theft charge, or they charged you with identity theft
, or both. Given the amount you charged on the credit card, it seems you could face no less than 1 year, and as much as 5 years in prison, plus a fine of up to $5,000, or both. Obviously, various factors can play into the sentence
you may or may not receive, and there may be facts and circumstances of which I am not aware.
This link below has the Louisiana criminal
code so that you can review it. Look at 14:67 (theft) and 14:67:16 (Identity theft). You may also have paperwork from your arrest listing your specific charges.
I would strongly advise you to seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney if you have not already done so. Generally, attorneys with 1-5 years experience offer lower fees.
I wish you the best of luck.
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