I am in California and have been arrested for petty theft with a prior. This is my 4th arrest in a 10 year period for the same exact charge. The charge is felony burgulary (pc 459) and petty theft (484-A)
I obviously have a problem and am seeking counseling and therapy, but I am curious to see if anyone who is involved with the courts or DA's know what the possible punishment will be?
I was given 8 months of home confinement for my prior arrest in 2003.
My record shows that I have 3 prior felony convictions for burgulary, which in actuality are all shoplifting/petty thefts and all were under $100 worth of merchandise, but because of the priors, they are all felonies on my record.
I am under the assumption that I will be serving 1 year or more in county jail, but anyone out there who is involved with the courts please LMK if there is a possibility of serving less time, or staying prison time upon completion of some type of rehab or treatment facility along with other stipulations?
I am just wondering if a judge will care at all about the severity, or lack thereof, when sentencing is here. I understand I have repeatedly broken the law, and need to "pay my debt to society" but I was hoping that the fact that all of the offenses were petty thefts, might have an impact with the sentencing aspect.
Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.