I had recently been charged wit shop lifting at Walmart. A total of 95 dollars. I got finger printed and let go. What happens from here? I have a clean record and NEVER been in trouble. I’m scared.
You will receive a letter from the court where the offense took place. You will be required to attend your first hearing to be arraigned (enter a plea). If you plead guilty then the case is over and the judge can sentence you right away, but will probably make you meet with a probation officer and return on a separate court date. If you plead not guilty then the court will schedule a pretrial hearing for you or your attorney to negotiate with the prosecutor. I highly recommend you contact a criminal defense attorney to represent you in this matter. It is likely that a criminal defense attorney can help you obtain more favorable results then if you try to tackle this on your own. Very often, an agreement for a much lesser charge can be reached or if the evidence isn't strong then a dismissal of the complaint could even be possible.
Mr, Aprile is correct and I would add that it would be very wise for you to engage an attorney as if you are convicted and this is on your record the ramifications are significant. It is your future which is at risk.
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