Like many things in the law, the answer is - it depends. The first and maybe most important question is were you 17 at the time this alleged larceny occurred? If so, you might be able to be treated as a youthful offender / juvenile, versus being prosecuted as an adult. My suggestion is to talk to a local criminal defense lawyer so they can explain the process and your options to you. There are decisions you might make (if you go forward representing yourself) that could hurt you down the road.
Attorney Mark D. Colson
Colson Law Firm, LLC
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Hartford, CT 06106
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At this point probably not, unless it is believed that the crime was in furtherance of an obvious drug addiction. The fact that you have a clean record is good. It is important for you to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so as to explore all avenues open to you and the possibility of keeping this incident from turning into a permanent criminal record.
I would be happy to discuss this matter with you further if you like.
Attorney Colson's advice is correct. I would also need to know what you mean by "they" when you ask if you'll be drug tested. For example, a the court may order drug testing as a condition of release, or if you adjudicated a Youthful Offender, or are in Juvenile court, you may be ordered to undergo drug treatment/evaluation and testing as well. If you were 18 at the time of the offense you wouldn't qualify for YO. You need to secure a local COMPETENT criminal defense attorney. By the way, local to the court in which your case is seated, not local to your home.
Attorney Salvatore Bonanno
Law Offices of Salvatore Bonanno
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