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What is a deferred disposition on a class c under $100 theft in Texas?

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I was given a ticket for theft under $100 in Grapevinne, TX yesterday, I see that the max that can happen is a $500 dollar fine, but I was wondering what a deferred disposition is and what I can do to get a low fine and not be convicted

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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. It's a class C misdemeanor. So that means it's on your criminal history. A "deferred disposition" / deferred adjudication, is a pretrial diversion. It means that you're put on probation, and if you successfully complete the terms, then the case is dismissed, and you don't have a criminal history. Generally you still have to pay the fine. But it's worth it to avoid a criminal history. If the prosecutor is willing to agree to it and the court will enter a deferred disposition / adjudication, then pay the fine. MAYBE the prosecutor will agree to a lower fine, but if not, pay it. It's worth it. The reason is that any THEFT crimes will show up on any employment background check for the rest of your life. Employers don't like thieves, as they're worried that they're going to steal from them. So if you have a theft crime on your record, the employer is going to think you're a thief. If you can have it dismissed through deferred adjudication, do so, and pay what you have to, as it's far, far cheaper than trying to get it expunged in the future.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I thought class c's were only punishable up to a $500 fine, so can I just pay a fine and be done with it?
Criminal Lawyer: ScottyMacEsq, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Yes, it's "punishable" up to a $500 fine, BUT it's also on your criminal record. It's a misdemeanor for theft. It will show up in a criminal background check. It's not something that you'd get jail for, true. But unless you're already retired, why would you want employers to see that you have a criminal record for theft?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I understand what you are saying. How long is the probation usually for something like that?
Criminal Lawyer: ScottyMacEsq, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Pretty short (1 year or less). And it's fairly simple. Maybe a bit of community service, on top of keeping your nose clean (no other thefts or crimes)

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