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Petty Theft 1st degree carries a possible penalty of 1 year and/or $1000 fine. It is a first degree misdemeanor
As such, immigration would not be concerned with deportation, though it could hinder re-entry.
Having the matter dismissed will depend on what evidence there is. It is possible that probation would be the sentence, with a fine. A local attorney or Public Defender is beneficial since there is a possible jail sentence
Thanks for your response. When you mean "Probation" what does it mean ? Does it mean that she legally tells the court that she will not induldge in criminal activity for "x" amount of time ?
Her visa is until April 2010. Not sure , if this could pose a issue also if the court doesnt close her case by April 2010.
Probation means she will need to report to a probation agent at least once a week. She will need to show that she is in school and/or employed, will be randomly tested for drugs and participate in community service
As a misdemeanor, she will not be deported for the crime. I cannot comment on what happens once her Visa expires as I am not an immigration expert. You can repost immigration questions in that category