I have been charged with theft in the 3rd degree… RCW 9A.56.050.: I have no criminal record… This is my first offense and this was a stupid mistake I made… I admitted it to the Mt. Vernon police… If the value was $63.00, a stupid mistake, without a criminal record ever what type of a punishment am I looking at? My first hearing is coming up but not soon enough, and I’m losing sleep over the possibilities.

Michael’s answer: 3rd Degree Theft is a simple misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. But if you have no criminal history it is very unlikely you will have to serve any jail time. There are several options that a good attorney can help with including compromise of misdemeanor or other negotiated outcomes. Make sure to hire one or ask for appointed counsel if you cannot afford your own attorney.

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