What to do if I was fired for stealing $200 about 9 months ago and now have to go to court?

I just recently found out that there was a warrant out against me because of this, so I called and asked how I could settle it. They informed me that I had to pay $640. So I did but they served the warrant and gave me a court date. When I go, what am I to expect if I plead guilty? I’m 27 and this is my first offense in my life. How can I go about resolving this matter? I have a great job and the start of a family.

Asked on September 17, 2014 under Criminal Law, Arkansas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Ok so you made a mistake and you realize that and now it is time to make it right.  You need to hire an attorney.  May I ask: to WHOM did you pay the $640?  Was it to your employer?  You should never have paid that if it were.  You can only be obligated to make restitution for what you actually stole.  Have the lawyer write to the employer about the funds.  Have the lawyer go to court with you and see if there is a Petty larceny diversion program.  If the court allows you to enter it. then do the program and stay clean and I am sure that you will be given an ACD (adjournment contemplating dismissal).  Good luck.


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