I got cought shoplifting in a total value of merchandise stolen of $480.
What is the worst thing can happen to me when I go to court? And what's the best option for me to get the case dismissed without going to jail? I spoke to a.lawyer and.he.told me he can get a program for me but I have to be present in court and register. After registring,, lawyer told me I have to report to them once a month for six month.. since I Iive abroad (however I'm a US Citizen but I stay with my family abroad ), it is almost impossible for me to follow this program and be in the United States for six month. My question: is there any other option for me to avoid going to jal and have an easier program?
I thank you so much for your time and your help.
Hope to see your response as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, there is not enough information here for any of us to tell you the best course of action for getting the case dismissed (which is, of course, the best possible outcome, at this point). All we know is what you are charged with. Do not elaborate on the allegations, as this is not a private conversation. If you want a reliable second opinion, a second lawyer will need to review the case. Good luck.
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You need an attorney. This isn't a small amount you are alleged to have stole and your situation with living abroad complicates matters.
Sounds like your looking at a third Degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Looks like the attorney was talking about a deferred prosecution program that could result in a dismissal if you complete the program. I would hire an attorney to see if you cancomplete the conditions of the program without officially being in the program and whether the state would drop the charge at that point. If not, then an attorney would have to look at the facts to see if the case can be dismissed based on any legal issues. Good Luck.
My experience with the Advocate Program in Miami is that they will work with out of town Defendants to help them accomplish the goals of the program. There's a particular person there that I work with in these types of cases. There's likely going to be an educational component to the program, which you will have to comply with long distance.
These are all questions for which your lawyer should have the answers. If he/she doesn't, you might want to talk to another attorney.
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A Diversion program is the guaranteed dismissal. If you cannot do this, you need to retain an attorney to look at discovery and represent you in order to get the best possible results.
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