She should plea not guilty and get a lawyer. If she doesn't qualify for the Public Defender any money she spends will save her from hassles getting a job later down the line because of a criminal record (if she gets diversion or the charges get dropped). Lawyer up.
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Plea not guilty at first appearance. If the prosecutor/court offers misdemeanor diversion, meet with the diversion officer and see what she has to do. In misdemeanor court you do not enter a plea prior to diversion. If you successfully complete diversion (which generally involves theft class, small fee and community service) then the charges against you are dismissed. That said, she is actually charged with a D felony so the chances of misdemeanor diversion are not great. Utilize an attorney, PD if you cannot afford private counsel.
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