Talk to a criminal defense lawyer in your jursdiction immediately. Your brother is facing possible residential burglary and felony theft charges for which he could be sentenced to substantial pennitentiary time, especially in light of his prior burglary conviction. His defense attorney will review the evidence to determine the best defense in your brother's case.
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Check the rules in your jurisdiction to see if expungement or sealing is available in your case. That will be the easiest and least expensive procedure to clean your record. If you cannot expunge or seal your case, you may seek a pardon from the governor of your state that will allow expungement. Governor Pardons are discretionary and require submission of a lengthy petition demonstrating your worthiness of clemency.
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The judge will review the case to determine that there is sufficient cause to allow the case to proceed and to set bond to secure the defendant's appearance in court throughout the pendency of his case. A public defender will be appointed if he qualifies to be indigent, i.e. unable to afford a private attorney.
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Personal service of process is required in criminal cases. Even in a civil case a subpoena is required to be served upon a resident in your household who is thirteen or older. You have not been properly served to require your appearance in court.
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The defendant certainly has the right to a bond hearing that has undoubtedly taken place. His criminal history as well as the seriousness of the charges would have been considered when setting his required bond amount. The weakness of the prosecution evidence and defenses available are more appropriately considered at a preliminary hearing or trial. His lawyer will guide him through his ordeal. Public defenders are generally carrying a heavy caseload and may not have the bedside manner of a...
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Your boyfriend will be appointed a lawyer if he cannot afford to retain a private counsel. That lawyer will review the evidence in the case and advise his client accordingly.
Civil demand letters from store representatives in shoplifting cases generally go no further that a few follow-up letters in demand of payment. The stores have the right to sue for payment, but a lawsuit requires the store to pay attorney and filing fees. Lawsuits are rarely filed.