If I was arrested for petit larceny, what can I expect now?

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If I was arrested for petit larceny, what can I expect now?

I pleaded not guilty, was released on bail and then sentenced to a court date for next week.

Asked on January 19, 2016 under Criminal Law, New York

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A good starting point is to look at the court's website.  The usually lay out procedures for first announcements and dress codes.  The first appearance in court is usually procedural and administrative.  The court simply wants to know if you have an attorney and how you want to plea.  If you are not sure, then ask the court for a reset so that you can consult with an attorney.
You are looking at a misdemeanor punishment.  It's not the 'crime of the century,' but a conviction for theft can have many negative effects including employers deciding not to hire your, disqualification on scholarship applications, and disqualification from voting in certain states.  You need to inquire into any programs that will enable you to obtain or earn a dismissal so as to avoid the negative effects of a conviction.


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