Q: I got my fourth offense shoplifting charge is it possible to avoid going to jail
What is the longest jail time that I should serve if they bound it over to superior court
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"Upon conviction of a fourth or subsequent offense for shoplifting, where the prior convictions are either felonies or misdemeanors, or any combination of felonies and misdemeanors, as defined by this Code section, the defendant commits a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years; and the first year of such sentence shall not be suspended, probated, deferred, or withheld," OCGA § 16-8-14
A: If you have 3 prior shoplifting convictions then the 4th shoplifting is a felony, and you are facing a 1 year mandatory prison sentence. Whether the prior convictions count against you is a legal matter and many convictions can be barred from being used. Contact an attorney in your area.
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