Consult with a local TX criminal attorney before you do anything - many offer free initial consultation. If you can not afford a private attorney & if you qualify you can be represented by the Public Defender. This is a theft charge & you need to be fully informed & understanding of the consequences of this charges. Goood luck
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If the theft is a deferred adjudication it may be possible to seal the record. You really need to visit with an attorney who has the opportunity to review and investigate the state's file and assist in advising you as to the best opportunity to accomplish your goals.
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That sounds like a great result to me and certainly a guaranteed outcome. If you take the cases to trial you could end up with two permanent convictions. This would allow you to ultimately expunge both cases from your record completely.
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You have two choices. Accept the plea or ask for a jury trial. If you accept the plea, you will be able to expunge the arrest for theft at a later date. If the prosecutor will just dismiss the failure to identify and not put on the plea paperwork that it was dismissed in consideration for a plea fot the theft you can expunge the failure to identify. When you expunge your record, you can legally deny that you were ever arrested. If you try the case to a jury and are found guilty, you cannot expunge your record. You really should consult with an attorney about the plea so that he or she may ask questions. Did you actually have more items in the bag than you purchased. Did you fail to identify yourself or just not have your identification readily available? There is a hugh difference. In what jurisdiction were you arrested? What court are you in, municipal or JP or county court at law. Were you actually charged with theft $50-500.00 and the prosecutor is reducing your charge to theft less than $50.00?
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