What can I expect for a shoplifting charge ifI already have a misdemeanor conviction on my record?

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What can I expect for a shoplifting charge ifI already have a misdemeanor conviction on my record?

I was arrested for theft from a department store a few days ago ($150) and I was just wondering what kind of sentencing I can expect? As stated above, I have a possession of controlled substance (1 Adderall) misdemeanor on my record from when I was in college. What I can expect to happen? I will be going to court and any info that you can give me is much appreciated. Should I speak to a criminal law attorney? In Harris County, TX.

Asked on July 21, 2011 Texas

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Each state in this country has different sentencing laws for crimes that a person is convicted of. You have a prior offense for a controlled substance which is not related to the shop ifting charge you were recently arrested for.

The prior conviction for the conviction should not weight too heavily on any sentencing issues if convicted of your recent offense since the prior conviction was a misdemeanor and was not a theft crime. Hopefully for you the prior conviction happened a long time ago.

You should be concerned if the current shoplifting charge is filed against you as a felony as opposed to a misdemeanor. A felony conviction can have a much longer jail sentence and fine than a misdemeanor conviction for shoplifting.


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