Legal Question in Criminal Law in Virginia

i was recently caught shoplifting and was charged with petty larceny.This is my first offense and i was wondering what the possible punishment would be and would it be better for me to get a lawyer?

Asked on 10/19/10, 1:11 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Michael E. Hendrickson Attorney & Counsellor at Law

Yes, it "would be better for (you) to get a lawyer" to represent you

on this criminal charge (Class 1 misdemeanor) to assure you a better

chance at an optimal disposition of the matter. However, if

the charge is being prosecuted in Prince William County and you're convicted

after trial or enter a plea of guilty, you can expect to receive a jail sentence of at least two days irrespective of your status as a first time offender and whether or not you're represented by counsel.

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Answered on 10/24/10, 3:30 pm


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