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What to do if I can't afford a lawyer but I've been charged with first offense petty theft?

Las Vegas, NV |
Filed under: Misdemeanor crime

A local gas station is pressing charges against me for stealing a $3.50-$3.75 cent candy/protein bar. What do I do if I can't afford a lawyer? The gas station knows nothing about me, except what I look like. I originally was going to steal it, but I ended up buying it (but I conceiled it in my pocket then took it out). We found out they're pressing charges cause my mom called questioning them why I was "searched" by their employee (not knowing I was planning on stealing it. Our phone # is blocked, so they don't know anything about me).

Attorney Answers 3


  1. Best answer

    You have some clear defenses here. You will experience the difference between public and private counsel firsthand, either way that you go here. Find a way to afford a lawyer. This kind of case is usually quite affordable.


  2. Not to be snarky, but the answer is, "find a way to hire a lawyer."

    The PD just doesn't have the time to really push these, and private counsel does.

    Get a lawyer anyway.


  3. This a very defensible case that most likely can result in a stay adjudication and a dismissal. You can contact my office to discuss details.

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