Do I need an attorney for a theft by receiving charge?

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Do I need an attorney for a theft by receiving charge?

I was arrested for having a
license plate on my car
that did not belong to my
vehicle and was reported
stolen out of another
county. I had a warrant out
for me from that county and
also the county I was
arrested in filed an arrest
warrant.

Asked on April 22, 2019 under Criminal Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

You should have an attorney. Receiving stolen property (the license plate) is a crime, not a traffic offense; you have the possibility of jail time (most likely for a license plate, up to, but no more than, 12 months). Whenever there is the possibility of jail time, you want an attorney to maximimize your chance of (possibly) getting the charges dropped or (more likely) getting just fines and/or probation. The attorney can represent you much better than you can represent yourself.
The error you describe is a harmless one--the equivalent of a "typo." It does not affect the substance of the charge and can be corrected in court. It will not help you.


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