Question about crimes in different states and how they relate.

I Pled no contest about a year back to a petty theft case (value of item was 30 dollars) in a certain state, in which I was fined 150 dollars as a punishment. Recently, in a different state, I was arrested for underage consumption, I am 20. I have court soon, in which I plan to plead guilty and take whatever punishment is handed out. My question is, going into court, should I expect the judge and prosecutor to have the information on hand about my petty theft from the different state, or not? I ask because I would rather not mention it if they don’t know.

Asked on May 31, 2009 under Criminal Law, Ohio


B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Let's put it this way:  if you are asked a question, you have to answer it honestly.  And don't assume that they're asking the question because they don't have the information.  A trap?  Yes, but the point is that you don't have to fall into it.

No reputable attorney is going to tell you to lie in court.  It truly does not pay.

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