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Q: What are the penalty options for petty theft of 30 dollars for a first offender?

Theft was for two sleeves of golf balls which contain 3 balls in each sleeve for a total of 6 golf balls. Retail cost of two sleeves is probably about a total of $30 dollars.

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Brian Smith
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A: Theft for this low of an amount is called petty theft, but it is a first-degree misdemeanor for which the maximum penalties are $1,000.00 and six months in jail. Of course, with this being a first offense the maximum penalties are not a probable outcome, but it is possible that the court could sentence to some days in jail. It could also issue a suspended sentence and probation. Theft convictions can also make it very difficult to find future employment. An experienced attorney might help to get the charges reduced, dismissed or secure a diversion program at the end of which the charges would be dismissed.

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