Mr. Keller is spot on. You must contact an attorney who is experienced in both criminal defense as well as insurance law. Also, make sure that you have your policy ready for the attorney to review. Your policy may very well, dictate what reimbursement, if any, may be due.
First, no more posts. Go out and get an experienced attorney and Mr. Cooper is correct, using the public defender is fine, if you qualify. Contrary to some opinion on the street, Public Defenders are real lawyers and criminal defense is what they do all day, every day. Just like private attorneys, some are better than others. Good luck.
My colleagues are spot on in their answers. The short answer is "Yes". Your friend may be prosecuted. Sounds like she was scrpit shopping to get more medication than was medically need. I also suggest that they contact a lawyer who has experience in this area of criminal law.
First, make sure that you are still qualified for a PD by going to the PD's office in the courthouse in Norristown asap. The PD you had at the prelim will not be your trial PD. If you decide to retain private counsel, do so immediately and make sure you find a lawyer who is very eperienced in drugs cases and Montgomery County. Do not discuss any further details on this public site.
First, with the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the local police and court, jail maybe avoided. Since retail theft in PA is a crime with progressive penalties, you are facing a misdemeanor even if the amount was ten cents. Expungement is not an option now and a local magistrate does not have the authority to do so. Contact a lawyer in the Willow Grove area asap.
A great deal depends on what county this occurred and how long ago was the previous retail theft. Unfortunately, it seems that you are developing a pattern that may make you ineligible. Still, it is vital that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in the county where this happened.
My colleagues have given you and your brother some good advice... stop talking to the police and this website and contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with the court and police in Abington. Unfortunately, what you have described happens all too often in the "war on drugs". I along with most of my colleagues on this site will provide a free consultation.