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I was caught for retail theft in how do I know if I am going to court?

Harrisburg, PA |

3 months ago I was caught for retail theft of groceries in PA. The police were only called to get my information, I did not sign anything, the police did not hand me a ticket. I have one prior for retail theft when I was a minor, but that should be sealed now that I am an adult. What should I expect? Will I go to court?

*I cannot afford a lawyer

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You should retain a criminal defense attorney and ask for a hearing. The attorney may be able to negotiate the case to a summary charge other than a retail theft.

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You may receive court documents in the mail. The preliminary arraignment will be scheduled followed by a preliminary hearing if the retail theft is a second offense. Otherwise you will be cited for a summary offense. Or, the store and police will choose not to go forward.

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You' e received good responses with which I agree. If anything on the criminal side occurs, you will be notified by mail, provided they have a good address. If you've moved since the incident or otherwise think they din't have a valid address, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney without delay. If you receive mailed notification, open it immediately, read it carefully and get in touch with suitable counsel right away. Good luck.

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Make sure you do not move and check your mail. You should get a summons in the mail. I don't think its a jail case if you have only one prior. An attorney probably could minimize your penalty.

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