Recent Case Win-Reduction Granted on Theft Case by Bo Kalabus

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By Bo Kalabus;;;

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The client was arrested for the offense of theft. The charge, based on the facts of the case, was a Class B misdemeanor—punishable up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. The facts of the case were not very good for my client. Plus the client was on parole after doing a stint in jail for felony theft.

I went to work on the case to see if there would be another way to approach the case instead going to trial, which based on the evidence did not look very promising for a good result. It always pays to listen to the client, so I interviewed her extensively and through our discussions I discovered that she had a very difficult emotional past. However, my client realized that she needed to make a change in her life and started going to counseling. As my client started turning her life around, I began negotiating with the prosecutors and was able to get the State to agree that if my client satisfied certain conditions, the State would reduce the charge to a Class C misdemeanor level offense with deferred adjudication. This reduction of the offense made the original theft charge the equivalent of a traffic ticket—a Class C misdemeanor is punishable by up to a $500 fine and no jail time.

Following a 6-month period of non-reporting probation (just stay out of trouble) my client will be able to get the charge off her record. Getting a charge like this reduced to a Class C level offense is critical because you can remove a Class C deferred adjudication offense off your record, but you can’t remove a Class B misdemeanor deferred from your record completely, so this reduction resulted in huge relief for my client that has worked very hard at getting her life back on track.

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