If I’m 19 and received was arrested for shoplifting under $50, will mentioning that I am joining the military to the judge possibly reduce my sentence?

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If I’m 19 and received was arrested for shoplifting under $50, will mentioning that I am joining the military to the judge possibly reduce my sentence?

I am planning to join the Air Force and a record will make this very tricky, especially because my field (cryptolinguistics) requires a security clearance. I am a first-time offender. I go to court this month.

Asked on July 1, 2014 under Criminal Law, Nebraska

Answers:

Maury Beaulier / MinnesotaLawyers.com

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

A Judge cannot reduce the charge without an agreement by the prosecutor.  It is possible, however, for a prosecutor to agree to an deal which keeps the matter off your record with some type of Stay of Prosecution.  That is the precise reason why you should retain counsel,


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