Asked in Criminal Law for Georgia

Q: I have 2 counts of transaction card fraud for the amount of $15.

Will I have to go to jail? I was already in jail for 31 days before being bonded out. This is also my first time being in trouble. I just received an letter for arrangement later this month.

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Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Roswell, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I am willing to bet you are in good shape jail wise, but you never know. Some jurisdictions have been ramping up financial Transaction Card Theft prosecutions due to public frustration.

More importantly you may want someone to work with you regarding alternatives to "pleading guilty." You DO NOT have to plead guilty and there are several pathways to explore. This is a crime of moral turpitude as well, and that can prevent you from getting jobs in the future.

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