Thank you for the additional information. Based upon the value of the theft, this is going to be charged as a felony and carries with it up to five years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000. Those are the maximum sentences which can be imposed and a lot depends on the facts of the case and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Of course, the person charged has ever legal right to fight this and make the State prove the charge against them, beyond a reasonable doubt. However, if they were willing to take a plea, they likely could avoid any jail or prison time and be looking at a sentence that requires probation
, fines, court costs and restitution
. Since this is a nonviolent crime, there is no reason that State should seek jail, unless the person is a repeat offender. If the defendant is unable to retain private counsel, they need to ask to be appointed the public defender
, when they appear in court. The PD will make a demand for discovery and look over the facts of the case, to see if it is in their best interest to go to trial or take a plea deal.
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