Wht to do if I was caught shoplifting approximately $40 worth of items?

I don’t have much money (none actually, I’m a 19 year old college student) and I don’t have a job right now. What should I expect in court? I am not sure if I want to hire a lawyer (my parents have said they will pay for it but I will of course have to pay them back, which will be very difficult). My record is otherwise completely clean (I’ve never even gotten a traffic ticket) and I’m hoping that I can get community service or volunteer work as opposed to having to pay fines or court fees (or worse, jail time). Should I hire a lawyer? How should I plead?

Asked on February 22, 2013 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

Karren Kenney / Criminal Defense Attorney Karren Kenney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

A theft conviction can have serious consequences on your future.  Depending on what you plan on doing after college. you should try to avoid pleading guilty to a theft charge.  You should hire a lawyer to negotiate a more favorable disposition, i.e. deferred entry of judgment.

 

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