wife was caught shop lifting at NEX, base police were called and she issued United States District Court violation Notice. The offense is listed as theft of government property. Loss prevention clailms that she looked up at camera as she put items in purse. value of property is $106, wife is 65 years old, first offense
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Florida
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I'm sorry to hear about your wife's situation. What is your question?
What should we expect, nothing has reall been explained.
In terms of punishment?
Or in terms of procedure?
In terms of punishment, you can expect a small fine (less than $500) and, at most, a few months of probation.
In my experience, summary offenses like this only result in a fine.
Do you have any questions?
As far as procedure, you will be given a court date. Your wife must show up and enter a plea. If she enters a plea of guilty, she will be sentenced. If she enters a plea of not guitly, she will be given a trial date where the attorney for the government will call witnesses and try to prove the case against her.
should we obtain a lawyer, and what is the procfdure, we have not received a court date
Yes, you should hire a lawyer. If you have not received a court date, call the number on the notice.
Experienced in state and federal criminal litigation.
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