I was caught for shoplifting and the cop showed up and filled out a notice to appear form but did not give me the date. It just says to be set. He never told me I was getting arrested but my record said I was arrested. What do I do when I'm waiting for my court date to be set? And why didn't he tell me I was getting arrested? I don't have any criminal history.. Just a couple tickets. If I am offered a diversion program how will I know? And what should I expect at court?
You should hire an attorney immediately. Some counties will automatically set a court date for you while others require you to set the court date on a notice to appear. A local attorney will know exactly how to handle this for you. Hiring an attorney will greatly increase the likelihood of you obtaining the results you want and need.
You were issued a notice to appear instead of getting arrested. Go to court, ask for a public defender and ask about diversion. If you are not satisfied with the PD, hire a private attorney.
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A good resource to find out about your case would be the "Osceola Clerk Of Court" website. You can look up a lot of information about cases online through this site. In the meantime you should be focused on finding an Attorney you feel comfortable with. Having a criminal conviction on your record is a serious matter that can definitely affect your career, and much more. And, you obviously have a lot of questions and concerns which needs personal one-on-one legal counseling to help you through this ordeal. Also, I think it's too soon to discuss you being offered a diversion program at this time as there are many other options that may be on the table. And, again an Attorney you trust can help you make the most of those options and answer all your questions in a personalized manner taking into consideration the individual facts of your case.
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