I am a Michigan resident and was prescribed Lamictal for a mood stabilizer. I started at 50 then 100 and then was immediately upped to 200. This extreme increase caused me to break out in a severe rash on my face, heart problems(congestive heart failure) and medication induced psychosis with auditory hallucinations. I am a grad student here in Michigan an was buying energy drinks at Whole foods and took too much of what I thought was a sample of face cream for my inflamed face. They arrested me and charged me with a 3rd degree retail fraud. I am really worried it will go on my record as a mistameanor and ruin me working once I graduate. I have both my psychologist and my psychiatrist(who prescribed me the medication) who wrote letters outlining the reaction to this medcaition which caused me to have temporary psychosis. I have never been in any legal trouble in my life. The lawyer Kimberly Small for Bloomfield Hills court house does not participate in the first offence program and they do not have a mental health court. I have hired a very expensive lawyer and she laughed at the letter my psychologist wrote and wants to charge me for the crime which I believe in my total innocence. I would appreciate any options that I can use in this situation to address these issues. Can I have my charge expunged or concealed if I do plead guilty even thought I am sure I do not feel guilty. My plan is to take it to a jury trial. Please help!!
If you hired a lawyer, she "laughed in your face," and wants you to plea as charged, you should get a new lawyer, immediately. I have a hard time believing that retained counsel would behave that way, but if that is in fact the case, I would fire her immediately.
I don't generally work in Bloomfield Hills, but I would be happy to refer you to someone else that would be willing to take this to trial on your behalf.
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