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First Time Offenders Jenkins Law

The first time you are charged with a crime is often the most frightening and stressful, especially if this is your first brush with the law. Not only are you unfamiliar with the legal process and most likely imagining the worst possible outcomes, such as years in jail, thousands of dollars in fines, and ruined professional prospects, but you are probably unfamiliar with what legal rights you have and what options you have in dealing with these situations.

First Time Offenders and Legal Support

Although there are a variety of charges that first time offenders may be charged with, there are some that tend to be more common among first time offenders, including:

  • DUI
  • Petit Theft
  • Drug Possession, such as Possession of Marijuana
  • Traffic Violations
  • Domestic Violence

These and other first time offenses can carry serious penalties if a person is convicted. However, as a first time offender, you have certain options that other criminal offenders may not have.

Legal Options for First Time Offenders

First time offenders have certain advantages when facing criminal charges. Most importantly is their lack of a criminal record, which many judges and prosecutors view as more favorable to a person’s case. Additionally, while any person charged with a crime has certain legal options and protections, first time offenders may be able to make more use of the following:

  • Pre-trial Diversion
  • Plea Bargaining
  • Expungement

While first time offenders are often able to successfully avoid conviction or get their charges reduced through these legal avenues and with the help of a skilled attorney, some first time offenders might have to take their case to a jury trial. In these situations, it is even more important to have the guidance and protection that Jim Jenkins can provide.