Is there anyway to get it not charged? I need help asap cause its this Wednesday and I have no money to hire an attorney or a lawyer.
You have asked a question which is requiring of much more information about your situation. You should consult with an attorney. I, like many other attorneys, offer free 60 minute consultations.
Also, it is advisable you refrain from further speaking with anyone about this matter until you consult with an attorney (especially on public forums such as this).
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If you do not have the funds to hire a lawyer, immediately apply for the public defender to assist you. You should contact the Public Defender's Office in your jurisdiction. So, for example, if the incident happened in Hennepin County, you should contact the Hennepin County Public Defender's office.
It is important that you speak to a public defender before your court date - if possible. If it isn't possible, speak to a public defender at your court date. Whatever you do, do not speak to the prosecutor about your case without legal representation and do not plead guilty without a lawyer.
Unfortunately, I have seen many many people plead guilty without lawyers so that "they can get it over with" and then the conviction follows them around for the rest of their lives.
So, in short, if you can't afford a private attorney speak to the public defender right away so that he/she can assist you and explain all your options to you.
Best of luck,
Your mental illness certainly is relevant to your case, either as a defense to the charges or in mitigation of punishment. You need to discuss all of the facts with your attorney once a public defender is appointed to represent you. Only your attorney will be in a position to advise you in light of all of the relevant facts and circumstances.
If you were charged with a crime, then you've already been charged with a crime, right? It is unlikely that depression would end up being a defense to a theft crime, though it can be considered at sentencing. Your lawyer may be able to help you limit the impact on your public record, especially if you have no priors. If you cannot afford a lawyer due to indigency, apply for a court appointed defense lawyer.
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