Charged with Minnesota statute 609-52-2-1 with the value of $151.00. What am I looking at realistically? Could it get dropped to a fine and no record?I can not afford a lawyer. Do I try and get a lawyer appointed to me? And do I get one before my court date? Will all this be open to the public? I am so embrassed. I did steal I'm guilty. So do I pled guilty?
With or without a good defense lawyer? Much will depend upon many factors, none of them mentioned here. But the most important of all is the attitude of the defendant, and the defense lawyer.
Thank you for the inquiry. You should hire an experienced criminal defense2 lawyer. WIthout a lawyer, there is little incentive for a prosecutor to offer any deal and it would certainly be unlikely tat the case would simply be dropped. To effectively seek a reasonable resolution often requires an aggressive defense.
A theft offense can be very serious. While any theft under $500 is a misdemeanor. Such an offense is still punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine. The collateral consequences of a conviction can also be extremely significant and preclude a person from finding employment where background checks are performed.
Often, if you have no prior offenses, a conviction can be avoided with a Stay of Prosecution. A Stay of Prosecution means that the offense is never recorded on your record and stayed for a certain period of time to ensure that you do not have another offense.
We can assist you in making sure that your record is not affected.
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