I was caught shoplifting from Walmart with the merchandise valuing $20. It was a dumb mistake and I don’t want this to go on my permanent record. I am 19 years old. I had one prior incident with shoplifting when I was 15 but I went through a diversion program and got it dismissed. This is my first charge as an adult. How should I plead at my arraignment? How do I get a public defender?
Your dumb mistake is likely going to impact your life moving forward into adulthood. Don't wait for arrangement to get a lawyer. By that time it will be to late.
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