I have an arraignment scheduled Tuesday 08-06-13. I have no idea what to plea, or if I should hire an attorney to be there with

Asked over 1 year ago - Kingwood, TX

My arrest was for theft. I honestly don't remember most of the night/morning. I have prescribed meds for insomnia (Ambien CR 12.5) Major depressive disorder, panic attacks, pain. I remember taking my xanax and ambien. Then about an hour later took 2 of my pain pills Norco with Phenergen . I was arrested at 0415 07-30-13

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  1. Wayne Allen Fowler

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    Answered . Pleas not guilty and get yourself am attorney immediately. Better yet, get an attorney now and go together to the arraignment.

  2. Peyton Zimmerman Peebles III

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    Answered . What level of theft? Are you in JP/municipal court, county court, or district court? If either of the latter two, the judge will presume your plea is not guilty and reset your case to hire a lawyer if you don't show up with one. If the former, then you should still plead not guilty and ask for a trial date. The issues you raise are becoming more documented but they are still fairly complex and you will definitely need a lawyer to be able to properly present them. A conviction or probation for theft could have real consequences later in your life.

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  3. Michael R Crosner

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    Answered . Contact a local criminal law attorney immediately

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  4. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

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    Answered . A very easy approach:
    DO NOT ever plead to anything, do not do anything, do not proceed in any criminal case without first discussing your legal options and ramifications of your plea with a licensed professional representing your legal interests.

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