Is attorney necessary for misdemeanor shoplifting case? Does price have a bearing on the outcome? Are these cases ever dismissed
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Yes a criminal lawyer is recommended for any criminal charge. A misdemeanor carries up to 12 months in jail and at $1000 fine. Having a lawyer can help you get a reduced sentence, raise legal defenses or even get the case dismissed. While it might cost you some money to hire a lawyer it is an investment in the protection of you future.
You would be wise to click the link above to find a lawyer. Depending upon the facts and whether you have any prior criminal history, it may be that your lawyer can get you into pre-trial diversion. If that is not available, then you may be placed on probation. Depending upon the facts and level of risk, you may wish to have your lawyer demand a jury trial. Best wishes.
The information is provided for general purposes only and should not be relied upon. You are advised to consult with an attorney of your choosing, who can advise you on the particular facts and options in your case. No attorney-client relationship is intended or formed absent you executing a signed fee agreement.
Criminal law has its own statutes, and rules of procedure. Those lawyers who do civil law are often not versed sufficiently in these matters. It is essential in any criminal matter that a criminal defense lawyer be retained to deal with the government and its lawyers.
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