What are the chances of me going to jail for stealing $121 worth of merchandise from work?

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What are the chances of me going to jail for stealing $121 worth of merchandise from work?

The ticket says embezzlement? The officer also called it a misdemeanor.

Asked on December 1, 2012 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Assuming that this is your first offense, then under the circumstances you will most likely (but not guaranteed) be offered something known as "diversion".

This is an alternative sentencing program by which you will plead guilty to the charge, receive a special probation and upon its successful completion the charge will be withdrawn and your case dismissed.  Further, your criminal record history should be automatically cleared.

However, diversion is only allowed for a first offense. Therefore, if you get into trouble again it will not be available for you regarding any subsequent charge. This is why you should consider hiring a criminal law attorney to repreent you here. Experienced counsel might be able to get the charge dismissed on a technicality or at least get it reduced. If so, then you will be eligible for diversion in the future should you ever need it.


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