If I have no criminal record and was just caught with a misdemeanor theft charge, what are the odds of me going to jail?

Asked on August 11, 2013 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The odds are good you will not have jail time, especially if you show contrition and can make restitution. The odds will be even better if you hire an experienced local criminal defense lawyer to represent you. Experienced  local counsel will know the players--the prosecutors; the judge; etc.--and will be able to best reach out to them and best frame the issue in a way that will maximize your chance of being treated lienantly.

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