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Will I still have to appear in court if the $150 is paid? And what happens if restitution is not paid?

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My daughter was fired for theft. Since she's a minor I was sent two notices, one to pay fine of $150 and another to pay restitution of $499.00. She insists that shes innocent but they wont let see any tape and just tells me that the odds are against her

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    Not stated here who your source of advice that "the odds are against her" may be, but it's obvious that it didn't come from a qualified criminal defense attorney in your area. You are apparently concerned with a Retail Theft incident and it also appears that a civil demand for money (probably from an attorney or law firm) has been received as well as a citation for the offense or a criminal summons from a magistrate-level court evidencing the filing of a criminal charge for Retail Theft. Pay close attention (read everything) if it is from a court or was issued by a law enforcement. Ignore efforts by attorneys, law firms, or the store itself to pay money. Best advice I can give you and her is to consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney without delay. Responding to the court system involves strict time limitations.


  2. Get a local lawyer ASAP. Just paying the fine does not clear the theft from her record. Don't post any further details, please.


  3. Hire a criminal defense attorney and fight the case. A lot can be done to avoid a conviction. It will hurt your daughter's future if she pleads guilty.


  4. Lots of good advice from my colleagues here, the best of which is to seek representation from a criminal defense attorney at once, best of luck.

    The above answer is for information only; and does NOT constitute legal advice. This answer does not constitute, nor does it create, an attorney-client relationship between KaplunMarx, PLLC, Theodor Kapun and any receiver. The information provided on these pages is general only, and you should not act upon this information without consulting with a qualified attorney.


  5. Get your daughter a lawyer ---- a good criminal defense attorney, who knows the ins and outs of the juvenile process.

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