What to do if I was dumb and got caught shoplifting yesterday?

The total amount that was shoplifted was 160.00. I was given fines from the place of $480 and was told that I would still have to go to court. What is the likelihood that as a 1st time offender, this will not be a felony on my record? What can I do or what should I say when I go to court?

Asked on September 27, 2013 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

Tricia Dwyer / Tricia Dwyer Esq & Associates PLLC

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Hello. You should have attorney assistance all through. If you are poor or low income, you may qualify for a public defender. In this day of computers, criminal convictions create a paper tral that likely will follow you forever. Very important you have attorney help (attorney licensed in your state). Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will speak initially at no charge. Then, if legal work is performed, some attorneys will provide a reduced fee for financial hardship. Some attorneys may also assist you in a limited scope manner to conserve legal costs. All the best.

 

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