What will happen if i plead not guilty in court for shoplifting?

Asked 10 months ago - Montclair, CA

I was caught shoplifting a bracelet valued at $34...what will happen if i plead not guilty at my arraignment? I do not have a criminal record, this is the first time i have done anything illegal and it was a terrible mistake, i regret it every day. I am twenty years old.

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  1. Dan Eugene Chambers

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    Answered . If you plead not guilty, your case will be set for a pretrial hearing and perhaps a trial. But if you have no record, you have several options to minimize the impact of this offense on your record and your future. Many of us on Avvo provide a free consultation--contact some attorneys and find out what your options are.

  2. Greg Thomas Hill

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    Answered . I agree with Mr. Chambers. What I would do if I were you is everything possible to have the case reduced to an infraction (490.1 or even 415(2)). Take an online shoplifting prevention course at Tom Wilson Counseling or the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention. Finish the course and bring the completion certificate to court. Hire an attorney and discuss a motion for civil compromise to have the case dismissed under Penal Code 1377 and 1378 if the "victim" is cooperative. How old are you? Some courts allow a delayed entry of plea form of diversion wherein you can agree to perform some community service in exchange for a dismissal once you are done. Be proactive.

  3. Sholeh Iravantchi

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    Answered . If you are not pleading guilty then your case will be set for pretrial hearing. It is best to involve an attorney so you can be advised of other options that are available to you as a first time offender. You are young and the effect of theft conviction is great.

  4. Mark Copoulos

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    Answered . Take a deep breath. Speak with a criminal defense lawyer about your options. If this is your first offense you may be eligible for an alternative program that results in no conviction. You have a lot of time ahead of you! If you learn your lesson, and don't do anything worse than this you should be alright.

    This response is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The response is intended,... more
  5. Andrew Stephen Roberts

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    Answered . Get an attorney or a pubic defender will be appointed. You cannot handle this yourself.

    Andrew Roberts (818) 597-0633/ (805) 496-7777

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