Of course something can be done. She needs to require the Commonwealth to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. To accomplish that task she needs the assistance of an interpreter and a qualified criminal defense attorney. If she wasn't in the process of stealing the items then she's not guilty of Retail Theft, but she obviously needs help under the circumstances you've described.
Yes it's triable
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There is a defense so a not guilty plea should be made.It is important that an experienced criminal defense attorney be retained who will appear in court and aggressively defend the case.
The state would have to prove that she intended to deprive the merchant of the merchandise. That is, they have to prove that she intended to steal it. If this is a first offense, it is a summary offense, aka a ticket, and Bucks County does not offer ARD for summary offenses.
As far as it being on her record, it is not a criminal conviction, however she would still have an arrest record and a summary conviction if found guilty.
My best advise is to hire a local criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the county where she was charged. If this happened in Bucks, you should speak with a Bucks County lawyer who knows the judge and the local police.
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Young, Klein and Associates