I have a shoplifting charge in Troy my first court date I got a continuance I was in the process of moving and I forgot about it and then I was arrested and spent 3 days in jail so I went to my next court date to get a continuance but judge won't give it to me the trial date is March 9th and I really don't want to be on my record. It's my 1st and only charge.
People don't always get what they want. The best you can do is hire a competent local lawyer.
Most judges will grant a continuance if you are asking for the continuance in order to give you more time to hire an attorney. However, if you have gone to court several times asking for a continuance and have shown no progress in actually hiring a lawyer, eventually the judge will lose patience with you and will set the case for a trial date.
I strongly recommend that you hire an attorney to represent you. Your attorney can get your theft charge reduced to a lesser offense, such as "Littering" or dismissed after a period of probation. The outcome of your case depends on your prior criminal history, your age, the dollar value of the items you stole, the skill & experience of your attorney, and other details of your case. Most criminal defense attorneys will give you a free consultation over the phone and a flat-fee price quote for how much they would charge to represent you.
If you plead guilty, you will have a conviction for stealing on your criminal record, which could prevent you from getting a job, renting an apartment, etc.
If your case is in Lincoln County Circuit Court and you can prove that you can't afford to hire an attorney, you can ask the judge to appoint a public defender to represent you. Or you can contact the public defender's office to see if you qualify for a public defender.
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