How do I get the lowest level of punishment and possibility of expungement on a first offense shoplifting charge with no legal counsel?

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How do I get the lowest level of punishment and possibility of expungement on a first offense shoplifting charge with no legal counsel?

I go to court in 2weeks facing this shoplifting charge. I will not have any legal counsel. I need to know what to do to appeal to the judge and leave that courtroom with the least amount of punishment possible.

Asked on January 30, 2012 under Criminal Law, Maryland

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have a court appearance concerning the shoplifting charge coming up in a few weeks it is best that you retain a criminal defense attorney to defend you concerning the matter as opposed to representing yourself.

The chances of getting what you desire in the end would be best achieved if you had a real estate attorney defending you in the matter. The best way to try and resolve the matter with as least impact upon you is to try and get court probation for the crime and if successful with the probation, then there might be a chance that the charge would be dismissed by the court.

The best way to get the lowest level of a sentence is to have a defense attorney represent you in the matter.


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