Hi - my name is XXXXX XXXXX X'm a Criminal Law litigation attorney here to assist you.
What state are you in?
A third degree offense carries a sentence of 3-5 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Thus, this is a serious issue.
However, if this is your first offense ever, it is possible that you can avoid jail time and instead take probation, get a deferred sentence or some other diversion option instead of jail. I would highly recommend that you consult an attorney to help reach a deal with the prosecutor to keep you out of jail.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).