Augusta, GA asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Georgia

Q: Can i use first offenders on a burgarly charge

Entered residence to talk friend out of stealing did not succeed also did not report to police for fear of physical harm from the friend or his close relatives

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David S West

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  • Marietta, GA
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A: If you have never used First Offender in any other case or any other state then you are eligible to use first offender. And burglary charges do not prevent you from getting first offender treatment. However, First Offender is discretionary, meaning that the judge gets to decide if you actually get First Offender. And having a good lawyer to argue for you getting first offender can make a huge difference. The more serious the charges, the more difficult it can be to get a judge to agree to it. So make sure you have the best lawyer you can!

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