Your daughter should at least consult with a lawyer as a conviction can result in her having a possible criminal record
Petty theft can be charged as a first degree
or second degree misdemeanor
. If the property stolen is valued between $100 and $299
, then she will be charged with a 1st Degree Misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a $1000 fine. If the property stolen is valued at less than $100, then she will be charged with a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor, with a maximum sentence
of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
While it's unlikely she would get jail time for a petty offense (probation and a fine is more likely), a person should always talk to a lawyer to go over the case as there may be defenses to the charges or because the attorney may be able to negotiate a plea with the prosecutor.Before you click accept
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