If a person is arrested for theft of property in the 4th should they hire an attorney

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If a person is arrested for theft of property in the 4th should they hire an attorney

This happen in alabama

Asked on September 10, 2016 under Criminal Law, Alabama

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Any time criminal charges are involved, legal representation is best. If you are a first-time offender, you may be offered an alternative sentencing program known as "diversion". With such a program, you enter a guilty plea and the court will then put you on probation. If all of its terms are successfully met, your plea is then be withdrawn and the case dismissed. Additionally, you are left with a clean criminal record. However, an experienced criminal law attorney might be able to get the charge dismissed on a technicality or win an acquittal if the case goes to trial. Also, since diversion is only allowed for a first offense, this means that if you should ever find yourself in legal trouble again then it will not be available to you. Consequently, if you get a lawyer who is able to obtain a dismissal/acquittal, you will be eligible for diversion in the future should you ever need it.


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