Richmond, VA asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: I recently got caught shoplifting about 100$ worth of items, they pressed charges & i got charged with petty larceny

What should I expect at court? Jail time? I’m only 18 and always had a clean record

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2 Lawyer Answers

Bryan J. Jones

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: If you have a clean record, you probably will not get active jail time. You may only get a fine. You should contact a local attorney because you may be able to have the charge dismissed so that it's not on your record.

Daniel P Leavitt

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Midlothian, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Yes, it depends what court you are in. I know at least one judge who gives active jail time on every first offense petit larceny, but most judges I know won't do that. And many prosecutors will consider working with you to get this case dismissed.

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