What can I do to get my petit larceny charges dropped to ACoD and expunged?

Asked 12 months ago - Somers, NY

I was arrested at wal mart for petit larceny (around $150). I have to go to court at the end of the month and I am not really sure how this process works. I don't know if I should plead guilty or not guilty in order to ask for an ACD because I do not have a lawyer. This is my first arrest and I have a clean record. I have already paid the restitution of $500.

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  1. Jonathan Brian Manley

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    Answered . Hire a criminal defense attorney to resolve this matter before you go to court. They can explain and expedite the process.

  2. John M. Cromwell

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    Answered . An ACD is certainly possible. Bite the bullet, pony up a few bucks, and retain a criminal defense attorney familiar with the court where your case is returnable. Hiring a lawyer in advance will a) get you someone who can sit down with you and explain the process to you, b) allow the negotiating process with the DA's Office to begin in advance of your court date so everything is lined up and ready to go when you get to court, c) expedite things on your court date to minimize your time waiting around.

  3. Ernest DuBose

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    Answered . If you have no prior arrests an ACD should not be difficult to obtain I would however consult an attorney ASAP

  4. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . Hire a criminal lawyer. You already made a mistake by paying the civil demand because they would not have sued to collect. New York does not expunge.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been doing criminal defense work for over 16 years. I was... more
  5. John J. Carney

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    Answered . If you retained a criminal lawyer he would have told you to ignore the civil demand letter. Retain a criminal lawyer to get an ACD and make better decisions in the future.

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