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Is it possible for me to 'buy my way out' of prison time?

Answer: Yes, if you've committed a financial or theft-related crime, and restitution is an issue.  The single-most important factor for Judges is that victims of financial crimes be made whole. While the courts are supposed to balance the severity of the crime, the accused's background, and their ability to pay a fine or restitution, it really comes down to money.  In U.S. v. Plate, a Florida bank officer embezzeled $142,000. from some clients.  She was able to come up with about $40,000. in restitution.  The Judge sentenced her to 27 months imprisonment, but told her that if her friends and supporters "step up and pay" her restitution, her prison sentence would be converted to probation.

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