I was given two citations for theft (movable property under $2500). The first citation was dated from a video from a few days prior and the second was for the day of the citations. For the first one, they do not have and amount, but the second amounted to $77. Both were sent to a municipal court. I have never done anything illegal prior to this, not even a speeding ticket. I am endlessly regretful of my actions. I will be searching for a job in the Education field, and I fear that I will not be hired with this on my record. I have heard of deferment programs, but I do not know if I am eligible, or how to go about applying for one. Overall, I am unsure about what my potential punishment, as well as the best course of action is in this matter.
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Unless you have experience as a law enforcement professional, prosecutor's office employee or legal professional, odds that you lack the knowledge and experience needed to competently represent yourself in this matter. If you are planning a career as an educator, an honesty related conviction like shoplifting definitely will not help you, so you should seek professional legal help with these charges. Many lawyers offer discounted fees for lower income people. There is no way that I can assist you further online without seeing the charging documents, but you are welcome to contact my office to set up a free case review.
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Each municipal court has its own practices. As has already been noted, you would be well-served to get yourself a lawyer, as if you are seeking an outcome that the particular court in question does not normally offer, you will have a better chance if you are represented by counsel. Otherwise, you will need to plead not guilty to get a chance to discuss your concerns with the prosecutor. As ordinance violations are not criminal, you can be called as a witness against yourself at trial, so be careful what you say to the prosecutor. Hiring a lawyer to handle this for you really is the best option. Compared to the cost of your education, the cost of hiring a lawyer is minimal. Good luck.
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