Question: What type of punishment could my niece face after stealing two credit cards? One card (a department store card) and she charged over $1200 on it. The other card (a company credit card) and she charged over $500 on it.
Answer: The type of punishment varies depending on what your niece is charged with. For instance, if she is charged with theft by taking she is facing a misdemeanor, $500 or more, then 1 to 10 years. If your niece does not have a criminal history she may qualify for a pretrial diversion program. When you are faced with a criminal charge it is best to consult with an attorney. A consultation with us could help you to understand the charges against you, the defenses available to you, what plea bargains might be offered to you, and what to do if you are convicted.