Q: I am charged with first degree petit theft , this is my first offense with a clean background ... What will happen to me
I am a 19 year old female . I live in Port Charlotte County and I'm in school and trying to find a job . Will I get probation ? Will they drop/dismiss my case ? Is my probation transferable ?
A: I can't tell you for sure whether your case will be dropped or not, because I don't have access to any of the allegations (and you were right not to post anything further online). If you have no criminal history, it is very likely that you will be offered pretrial diversion. With pretrial diversion, you follow the program guidelines and do an anti-shoplifting class, community service, etc., and if you complete everything successfully, the State then drops the charge against you. The arrest will still show on your record, so you would then need to expunge that arrest after you successfully complete diversion. If the State does not file a formal charge against you, the arrest will still show on your record, so you'll still need to expunge that. Good luck to you!
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