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A friend of mine was recently caught shoplifting from a supermarket. He received a civil demand letter from the company (unpaid, as of yet) and has now received a summons from the Seattle Municipal Courts. He has no prior history of criminal activity, nothing on his record. I've already told him that it would be a good idea to pay the civil restitution and contact the courts to have an attorney appointed to him. However, his biggest concern is that this will show up on his record as a misdemeanor. I would like to believe there are other avenues available for him (having no prior record, etc). Is their any advice or encouraging words I could offer? Anything he should research to help his chances of not getting a misdemeanor on his record? Thank you in advance.
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