If the theft is really for over $1000 your friend likely will have to appear in the Municipal Court. At that point since the amount alleged to be stolen is over $1000 the case will likely be transferred to the Superior Court for the Prosecutor to review if the case should be indicted or should be remanded back to Municipal Court. If he can not afford a lawyer he can apply for the Public Defender to represent him.
If your friend would like to speak further please have him contact me.
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