at the age of 17, you are tried as an adult in during court in the state of Georgia (correct me if i'm wrong). I have no previous record and the value of items stolen is below $100. I don't have a liscence but i have a learner's permit. should i expect hash consequences since i'm being tried as an adult?
You are correct. When you reach the age of 17, you will be charged as an adult. I recommend reaching out to request appointed counsel if you cannot afford to hire an attorney. Start by contacting the clerk of the court in which you are to appear to get information about the application process for appointed counsel.
If this is a shoplifting case, you may be able to ask for a "pre-trial diversion" if you have no previous record of this act. This will often include a fine, community service, and some type of educational program which can often be completed online. If you complete the program based on the conditions of the diversion program and within the timeline agreed with the prosecutor, the charge could be dismissed.
Again, I encourage you to seek local representation either through appointed counsel or by retaining an attorney of your choice.
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