Whether you're charged with Larceny, Fraud, or Embezzlement the stakes are high because your future employment is at risk. Criminal convictions involving theft or fraud can have significantly negative consequences for future job prospects. You need an attorney who can defend you for a reasonable price and with your best interests at heart.
In many cases, the answer is no.
Many people who are charged with larceny, fraud, or embezzlement have never been charged or convicted of any criminal offenses before. If this is your first criminal offense, the chances of avoiding jail time increase. The dollar amount involved is also very important. The lower the dollar amount, the better the chance you'll avoid jail time.
It's also likely that you'll be able to get bond and be released while the charges are pending. If you do not have a long history of criminal convictions, most judges will allow you to be released on bond while your charges are pending.
Yes. A felony larceny, fraud or embezzlement charge can be reduced to a misdemeanor. Often, in exchange for reducing a felony to a misdemeanor, a prosecutor will require that you serve some amount of jail time. You will also still have to pay restitution in full.
Probably not. Some places in Virginia also people charged with a first offense shoplifting to complete community service and a shoplifting prevention course to avoid a conviction for shoplifting. However, many courts do not have that same policy. Most courts will either find you guilty or not guilty. If there's enough evidence to convict you, you will be found guilty. If not, you will be found not guilty. An attorney who is familiar with the judge and prosecutor's office will be able to advise you.
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