My question involves criminal law for the state of: Tennessee.
My trial date in general sessions court is coming up. My question is- what are the odds of doing jail time on a theft of property/shoplifting case. Keeping in mind this is my first offence, with no prior criminal record. I admit it was wrong and i'm not going to court to try to weasel out of it. The items only added up to $126, I don't see why a judge would justify jail time and tens of thousands in taxpayer money to teach me a lesson. I won't be having a lawyer, and am willing to pay any fines/fees they see fit. Do first time offenders who plead guilty or no-contest get automatic jail time?