A football team gets four (4) downs to move the football ten (10) yards ... If a penalty is called on the play yards can be added or subtracted from the starting point of the ball ...
4 downs. Then it's a turnover if an unsuccessful first down is achieved.
A first down is made when a team travels ten positive yards from the spot on the field where they begin in four downs or less, whether it be by successful plays or a penalty administered to the opposing team. The advantage given is a new set of four downs and an increased chance of scoring points by moving towards the end zone, as well as keeping the opposing offense off the field which lessens their chance of scoring against you thereby increasing the team achieving the first downs chance of winning.
The offending player is given an excessive time out penalty. The penalty carries 5 yards for either offense or defense.
Once a team gains possesion of the ball they are started off with ten yards and four downs. To get a first down the team must go the necessary ten yards in the four downs given. Sometimes more yards are added for them to go due to penalties by the team or from the team losing yardage during play. And sometimes first downs are automatically gained due to the other teams' penalties.
Since the details of your offense are not disclosed it is impossible to give an opinion or an estimate of what action the prosecutor may take. You may be given the opportunity for a plea bargain, but it is not required that one be offered.
It depends. A standard first down is earned when the ball is progressed 10 yards. If the defense earns a penalty however, the distance can be changed by the amount of the penalty - resulting in shorter distances or entire first downs altogether. Also if the offense is given a penalty and is backed up down the field, it can take many yards to get a first down (sometimes more than 30). A "standard" first down is earned when the ball is progressed 10 yards without any major incidents, however.
If it is your first time offense, it is very likely that you will be given a warning. You may have to stay in jail overnight until you are able to sit in front of a judge.
The state is not given. Forgery is usually charged as a Felony offense.HOWEVER, if this is a first-time offense, you might be able to plead it down to a Misdemeanor.
When given possession of the ball the offense is started off with ten yards to go on first down. As the team tries to get the next first down, sometimes penalties are accumulated and that adds yardage on meaning they may have to go more than the previous ten yards. There are also other times where someone on the offense loses yardage for the team while handling the ball and this pushes the line of scrimmage back far enough to make it more than the previous ten yards as well. So, there are times where you will see a 3rd and fifteen or a 2nd and twenty or even a 1st and twenty five.