Petty Theft Lawyer New Port Richey | What Are The Consequences Of Petty Theft
Petty theft is a bit of a misnomer, given that it can land you in jail for months or even years. In addition to serving time behind bars, petty theft can result in large fines, loss of your job and difficulty getting new employment, being disqualified from entering the military, or a suspended driver’s license. Certain employers have moral polices wherein an employee can be fired for breaking the law, regardless of the fact that it was not on company time or not related to your job in any way.
With the help of attorneys at Bianco & Mansfield, you may avoid jail time or permanent damage to your record. The following are examples of how someone experienced with petty theft law can work on your behalf:
First offense of petty theft
- Entrance into a diversion program
- At the end of the program, your case may be dismissed and will be listed as a dismissal of your record
Second offense of petty theft
- Move to have the court withhold adjudication
- That means that you are found guilty but the court does not formally find you guilty and allows your records to be sealed
- If you have any other convictions, this will likely not be an option for you
After two or more petty theft offenses, it may be moved up to a felony, which could result in up to 5 years in a state prison. Background check and criminal websites are becoming more prevalent in the information age. Police blotters are posted online as well. A simple search engine check by a potential employer could reveal negative aspects of your past. What’s more, if you’re ever asked to testify in court, these records can be used against you to establish the quality of your character.
“At the law firm of Frank P. Bianco, P.A., I understand the pressures you face regarding petty theft charges. If you need help, call me at the number below.”