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Good evening. As a first time offender, the State will likely offer and has a diversion program you can enter into, to get the case dismissed, upon its successful completion. If they do and you enter it, then your record would remain clean. However, the problem is that even if this is dismissed, it could have a negative impact on the immigration process, so you need to speak with your attorney and see if this can and should be resolved with diversion or if it is something that must go to trial.
While it does carry jail under the law, there is very little chance at all, as a first time offender, for petit theft, that you will go to jail. Please let me know if there is anything else, as I would be happy to respond. If not, please remember to rate my help at this time at the top of this page, prior to leaving, so I can receive the proper credit, for our time together. Thank you.
You may have to pay some fines and costs in the diversion program but it should not exceed $100-$150
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Jail is highly unlikely to happen, as I shared. Moreover, if you can enter the diversion program and get the case dismissed, it should help your immigration issue but there is no guarantee.
Is there anything else?
If you did not enter the diversion program and went to trial or took a plea they could impose probation along with a fine or court costs as well as ordering that you do not return to the store. As I shared above, to avoid these potential consequences, you need to consider the diversion program if you have no defenses.
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