What are the consequences of a first offense theft charge?

I am being charged with misdemeaner theft charge. I was working for a company and took some products without paying for them. Lack of judgement and a bad decision. My record is clean otherwise and I was wondering what is your advice? What are the possible consequences?

Asked on June 27, 2012 under Criminal Law, Kansas


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you are convicted of the misdemeanor theft charge, the result in most states is up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. However, since this is your first offense, most likely the court may place you on court probation, fine you and order you to do community service work. if you are successful on your court probation, then the charge against you may be dismissed.

I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney about your matter.

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