My question involves criminal law for the state of: New York
I lost my finance job 6 months ago and my father 3 months ago and have been suffering depression. Two days ago I received a preliminary eviction notice. Bottom line story:
I was caught shoplifting in a department store, the amount was $1,005 so I was charged with Class E Felony, Grand Larceny instead of a misdemeanor. I thought I'd be able to sell it to pay a portion of the rent.
I was released within 2 hours from the holding cell because I had no priors and they set the court date without having to go to central booking.
a) What are the odds of jail time?
b) What will the fine likely be? - I ask that because obviously I was taking the items to avoid bankruptcy and eviction - so a fine may be counterproductive especially since I may have to declare bankruptcy anyway... I'm willing to do as much community service as possible to make up for the fine value... as I am starting to work again soon and trying to get back on my feet financially...
Thank you in advance...