So I had a bunch of abandoned O Bikes around my house, basically rusted out junk, and at first I didn’t know about the OBike issue so I attempted to use the service as normal. When I tried to scan the QR code it pointed to a website that didn’t work. So I did some searching and it turns out the company had gone bust. So I wrongly assumed that since the company is bust and that these are abandoned I could just go use it. So I took a grinder and cut the locking unit off and rode around town with it. I was pulled over at the end of July by a cop who basically told me it was theft. I was taken to the station and charged with “aggravated theft” (because anytime a tool was used, no matter if it’s a screw driver or a grinder, it becomes aggravated). I was taken to the prosecutor who released me after asking if I admit guilt.
So a month ago I received a notice that the prosecutor intends to go with summary judgment. It didn’t say much except a summary of the offense and that the prosecutor felt it is appropriate to seek summary judgment.
Today I received the verdict. I was sentenced to 6 months, which can be commuted if I pay a fine of 1000nt per day. It listed the nature of the offense and that the judge felt since I had no criminal history and admitted guilt, that they were willing to sentence me to the most lenient punishment the law allows (which for aggravated theft, is 6 months), and that can be commuted with a fine, to serve as a warning and to allow me a fresh start.
I’m unfamiliar with judicial procedure in Taiwan, and I really don’t know what I need to do at this point. I read that you have to go to the prosecutor’s office and ask to pay a fine to commute the sentence, and that if you can’t pay the fine you can ask if you can do community service instead.
I do not have money for a lawyer and I need to know what I should be doing at this point. Who do I ask for at the prosecutor’s office (it’s a huge complex), and what documents do I need to prove that I do not have a steady income? How do you prove that you don’t have an income? I really can’t afford 180,000NT and I much rather pick up cigarette butts all day than go to jail.