Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
Good afternoon, I am a Criminal Defense and Immigration Law attorney and former Prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office. I'll be answering your questions today, please understand this is for informational purposes only, and we do not currently have an attorney-client relationship.
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From what you've described, the amount being less than $150 and it being your offense, the total possible criminal penalty you could face is a fine of up to $300, and a jail sentence of up to 90days.
That being said, it's a little concerning to me that you weren't given a court date. Did you go to a court hearing that was referred to as Arraignment? That's where the court tells you what you're officially being charged with.
In my experience, it is not common practice for someone to have to go to the jail to be fingerprinted.
It could be then that the court is doing things a little differently, and that it is in fact a routine fingerprinting and to have you pay the fine. However, I am still suspicious.
I strongly recommend getting a criminal defense attorney to accompany you. That way if they do try to take you into custody, or violate your rights or due process in any way, you can have legal counsel there to help protect you.
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