I am being charged with petty larceny and I plan to plead guilty at my court appearance. Should I still seek out a lawyer? I have no criminal record.

The crime was committed 6 months ago and I was terminated from my job. I have since paid restitution. Should I find a lawyer even if I am planning to plead guilty?

Asked on July 6, 2009 under Criminal Law, New York


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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Have you already appeared before a judge?  It sounds as if you agreed to plead guilty and pay restitution, which is usually a condition of sentencing.  I would definately havea lawyer as this is a Class A Misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of I year in jail, even though the minimum  is a conditional discharge (one year) with or without a fine.  Why take the chance.

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