What to do if charged with Class B misdemeanor for retail theft?

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What to do if charged with Class B misdemeanor for retail theft?

While working at a department store I stole $600 worth of merchandise. I was called to return to store, at which time I admitted everything. I signed a statement, gave police my information and they let me leave. The charges have been filed with the courts but I have received no summons yet. I am not seeking counsel and I am going to plead guilty; this is my first offense I was told that the faster the process the happier the judge will be because it costs the courts less money to deal with my case. I have 4 children a husband who works full-time; I am 4 months pregnant. I have been told that might have to serve a couple days in jail.

Asked on September 26, 2011 under Criminal Law, Utah

Answers:

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor theft charge, you need to retain a criminal defense attorney to assist you in the defense of the charge against you.

Potentially a criminal defense attorney will be able to resolve the criminal charge against you for a better plea bargain offer from the district attorney's office than what you most likely would be able to do as a lay person. You need to rely on your suggested attorney's advise to you to resolve the situation.

Most likely the ultimate result will be a fine, restitution, and probation for you with no jail time.

Good luck.

 


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