I am being charged with 2 felony larceny of removing an anti theft device and misdemeanor of using my child to hide items. I was not using him to hide the items in the cart, he was already in the cart because he had the flu and was laying on a jacket. The items were going to be for his bday. I did removed the device but never walked out of the store with the items. My children grandmother offered to pay for the items when she came to get my baby. Well my charges have been dropped down to one misdemeanor larceny and the others were dismissed. I am scared and don't know what to tell the judge of he ask what happened.
A no contest plea means you don't admit your guilt but you will be treated as being guilty. You should have an attorney for this situation. This seems to serious to wing it. If you have an attorney, you should ask him these types of questions.
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Removing the anti-theft device is a crime even if you didn’t leave the store.
Taking a child ill with the flu into a store puts both the public AND your kid’s health at risk not fair nor right to expose others to the flu OR your kid to more germs. You need a lawyer for court. And please don’t take a sick kid to court with you.
Pleading Guilty or No Contest are pretty similar, and for purposes of the Court you are going to be treated as being guilty whether or not you actually admit your guilt. Normally you would not be required to explain yourself to the Judge in the context of a plea, and you can also enter what is called an Alford Plea, where you plead guilty because you believe it to be in your best interest while not admitting your actual guilt. Again, you will be treated as being guilty, even though you don't admit your actual guilt.
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