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Old 06-01-2005, 04:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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what do you think i'll get?

a few weeks ago i got fired from a local 7-11 store for giving shit away to my friends. now i got a summons in the mail to appear in court as a defendent in a criminal trial. i live in maryland and they are charging me with some sorta theft above 500$$. i am getting a lawyer and i meet with him friday. what kind of penalty do you guys think i should expect. thanks
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You'd better watch it, they've been known to break out the firing squad over some shit like this.
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ILLINOIS FELONY & MISDEMEANOR LAW & SENTANCING

Crimes Causing Harm to Property

DEFINITION

Depending on the value of the property involved, as well as the level of violence, most property crimes are felonies in Illinois. The legal definition of theft is obtaining, exerting control over, and intending to deprive; or knowingly using, concealing, or abandoning so as to deprive a person of his or her property. This definition is much broader than what most people think of as theft. It can include writing bad checks, keeping found property without making a reasonable attempt to find its rightful owner, misusing trade secrets, unlawfully tapping into cable television or other television services, interfering with public utilities, or taking large sums of money by deception from persons over age 60. Unless the value of the property taken is $300 or less, the crime of theft is a felony. Additionally, theft always is a felony if a firearm is involved or if the accused has been convicted previously of theft, burglary, or robbery. Burglary, because it involves entering or remaining in a building or dwelling without authority and with the intent to commit theft or a felony there, generally is a felony. Not only is it burglary to enter a house unlawfully with the intent to steal money or property, but it also is burglary to enter with the intent to commit a felony such as arson or murder. Similarly, robbery almost always is felonious. Robbery is unlawfully taking personal property from another person or in the presence of the other person while using or threatening to use force against the person. Aggravated robbery is robbery committed with a dangerous weapon.

SENTANCING

For theft in the Maryland code, there are only two categories: a maximum of eighteen months incarceration for an item worth less than $300, and a maximum of up to fifteen years prison time for an item worth more than $300.

NOTE : I believe that this very narrowing sentancing structure was due for scrutiny and possible revision so someone (namely your solicitor) will be better placed to be accurate. Be nice, be confident but not cocky, wear a suit and you'll get a slap on the wrist. You gave your mates free shakes, y'know?
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Old 06-02-2005, 02:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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how'd they catch you givin shit away?
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Old 06-02-2005, 06:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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you gave away $500 worth of shit at 711?

...thats a lot of slurpies and hotdogs.
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Old 06-02-2005, 01:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Let me advise you slightly differently than some of the other people on this board. First of all I've been in your position but for different charges. The best advice that you can possibly take is that of your lawyer. If you have no record, are generally an employed decent citizen, and don't seem to be the type who is going out making trouble then this will really be a slap on the wrist. Character witnesses are good which was already covered.

If you aren't pleading guilty, don't act sorry, it's an often considered admission of guilt.

Do be 100% serious in the courtroom, don't smile, act like its your own funeral. They have no time for people who don't take their court room serously and will proceed to fuck you if you give them a reason to.

Come in well dressed and groomed. It makes a difference if you wear a conservative suit and well groomed.

It's not always easy to get off 100%, its very easy to plea into a much lighter charge and not recieve the max sentence on that. Your lawyer will know better than either of us how to abuse the fact that they probably can't prove every item that you stole/gave away/etc.

Don't worry too much because you aren't a vicious criminal. You didn't tell your friends to come in with a pistol and fake a robbery or some other much more heinous felony theft.
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Old 06-02-2005, 01:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I know some girls that will ring stuff up free for me. They only scan half the items and the others they just pretend scan. Works out well for me, I'm never low on munchies. You will probably get a fine and unsupervised probation, maybe some community service. Just dress nice for court and appear genuinely sorry. oh yeah and ask your lawyer about pleaing to a lesser charge
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Just pray you get a leient judge.
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i don't have any idea how they're going to tag you for $500.

they're gonna have to prove it with video, register tape, etc.


i say they're pulling a bluff, but a pretty big bluff. just stick with what your lawyer advises you.
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a few weeks ago i got fired from a local 7-11 store for giving shit away to my friends. now i got a summons in the mail to appear in court as a defendent in a criminal trial. i live in maryland and they are charging me with some sorta theft above 500$$. i am getting a lawyer and i meet with him friday. what kind of penalty do you guys think i should expect. thanks
im not sure but atleast you sound like a good friend
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Old 06-03-2005, 05:04 AM   #13 (permalink)
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ok heres whatsup. i picke dup the charging p[apers from the court yesterday and they made a list of all teh stuff they saw stolen on camera. i did rough math on it an dits omnly around 300 bucks but they ad "many other items were taklen but not identifiable". i meet with my lawyer this morning so ill see what he says today and give you guys a heads up.
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Old 06-03-2005, 04:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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yea you sound like a really good friend, dont worrie to much i never got caght 300 dollors but i did get caught stealling a 150 dollor mp3 player from wall mart right after getting busted with a ounce of weed. i was scared what they would do since they combined these to because they were so close togather, all that happened was like 45 hours of comuntiy service and some unsupervised probation. and do dress nice and all that, say you wont do it again and seam serious even if your not. good luck
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chances are they can only prove you took under $300 worth of stuff anyway and seeing it was just food and things you probably wont get treated too badly, just have a pillow nearby to bite
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