Wife charged with shoplifting felony in VA. Looking for the criminal defense attorney?

Charged with shoplifting felony in VA. First time. mechandise worth $258. It was an honest mistake from her side. Wants the charges to be completely dropped (without having to go for trial). when shopping for the attorneys in the region, 2 attorneys said they would want her to do some community service even before preliminary hearing. If she does that, how the charge will be dropped as that means she has admit the guilty. why do they want community service before hand? however one attorney said she doesn't want her to do anything for now and should wait until the hearing as she will talk to the prosecutor to drop the charges. who has a better approach?

Fairfax, VA -

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Darren Douglas Meyer

Darren Douglas Meyer

Criminal Defense Attorney - Fredericksburg, VA
Answered

Doing community service prior to court is not an admission of guilt. It may not benefit her but it certainly will not have a negative impact on her case. Feel free to contact me if you have additional questions.

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Darren Meyer.
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Eric James Demetriades

Eric James Demetriades

Criminal Defense Attorney - Leesburg, VA
Answered

Both approaches do not hurt your wife's case, but if you want the charges to be completely dropped, there will likely need to be some legal argument to persuade the commonwealth attorney to Nolle Pros the charge.

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John Naumovski

John Naumovski

Criminal Defense Attorney - Hampton, VA
Answered

I agree with the above attorneys' advice

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