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Phillip Sung-Ho Kim

Olympia Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. First time Shoplifting. Will this be in my criminal record? Is there any way to prevent this from going into my record?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Phillip Sung-Ho Kim
    2. Patrick Owen Earl
    3. Aaron Lukoff
    3 lawyer answers

    The prosecutor will look it over and charge you with a crime. Therefore, your record will reflect that you have been charged with theft in the third degree. BTW, in all these circumstances, you should consult and have an attorney to assist you in this matter. It is NEVER a wise decision to go pro se. However, what you want to avoid is a criminal conviction because it will have affect your ability to land a job. And there are some ways you can get this off your record. The first way is...

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  2. I have LPR card and I've been here for 8 years! I was charged for theft 3 and this was my first offence!

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Carl Michael Shusterman
    2. Phillip Sung-Ho Kim
    3. F. J. Capriotti III
    3 lawyer answers

    Your immigration attorney is correct. If you have been convicted of theft 3, that would have been a problem. However, Criminal Trespass 2 is generally considered an offense without any serious immigration consequences. It is not an aggravated felony. And from what I recall, it does not fall under "crime of moral turpitude". I agree with the above attorneys as well.

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  3. Will my case be deferred?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Kate M Forrest
    2. Phillip Sung-Ho Kim
    3. Aaron Lukoff
    3 lawyer answers

    You should apply for a Spokane County Public Defender ASAP. At arraingment, there may be an offer for deferrment like resolution. It is called "stipulated order of continuance". The good thing is you can the case dismissed if you follow thru the conditions that you agree to follow by signing off on it. The drawback is you are giving up your right to a jury trial for the case. Therefore, if you mess up and not follow thru with the deferrment conditions, the Judge is going to read the police...

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  4. Do I have to pay a civil demand? Will it affect whether or not 3rd degree theft goes on my criminal record?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Frank Mascagni III
    3. Phillip Sung-Ho Kim
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the comments made by the attorneys above. I will also add that big department stores, such as Macy's or Walmart, do not entertain Misdemeanor Compromise. Therefore, even if you pay the civil demand, it has no effect on your criminal case. Most prosecutors, from what I know, consider the fact that the client paid the civil demand irrelevant. I advise you not to pay it until you meet with a criminal defense attorney to consider multiple options.

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