what will my punishment likely be?

i was caught stealing from walmart in maryland it was under 100 this is my
first ofense ever im only 19 im a full time college student and i have 2 steady
jobs what will my punishment likely be?

Asked on November 29, 2018 under Criminal Law, Maryland


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

First of all, for a first offense, the courts allow for a special probation called "diversion" (or your state's equivalent). This is an alternative sentence that allows a person to clear their criminal record upon its successful completion. The way it works is that the defendant goes to court and pleads guilty to the offense. The judge then places the defendant on probation (typically community service, payment of the fine, resitution, etc) and when the sentence is fully completed, the plea is withdrawn and the case is dismissed. In other words, the case is "diverted" out of the criminal justice system. This means that you will be left with a clean criminal history record.

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