Contact an experienced attorney. There is absolutely no reason you should plea to these charges. Diversion or pti is generally available in these circumstances. Please let me
Know if I can help.
A local criminal defense attorney, either a public defnder (if you qualify) or private counsel would be able to analyze the facts and circumstances surrounding your case and either prepare a defense for you at trial or negotiate a favorable plea deal with the prosecution.
Shoplifting is not going to be taken lightly, even if the amount stolen is relatively small and this is a first offense. Don't take this on youself. Contact either of the local attorneys that responded to this inquiry for further information as they are familiar with the local state statutes and court rules.
Hope things work out for you.
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If you were to plead guilty, or be found guilty, you should expect 12 months of probation, a fine less than $1,000, community service, and some sort of classes. However, the worst effect of a guilty plea or finding would be the record that would stick with you and be visible to employers, landlords, etc. for the rest of your life! A defense attorney should be able to get you into a diversion program that would allow you to keep a conviction off of your record and allow you to remove the arrest from your record, if you were arrested. However, do not wait to get help. The longer you wait, the harder it is to help you!
M. Jason Rhoades
If this misdemeanor charge is your first offense, you may very well be able to avoid a trial and a possible conviction and have this resolved through pre-trial diversion. You should not go to court and plead guilty or nolo without speaking with a lawyer and having him or her explain your options to you and help guide you through the process. It may also be that the evidence against you is weak, and a lawyer may be able to get the charge against you dismissed.
Do yourself a favor, protect your record as much as possible, and hire a lawyer to help you.
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Depends on whether its a first offense or not. Under $300 is considered a misdemeanor. Typically, ALL courts in Georgia will, if a first offense, offer a diversion program. However, you need to employ counsel to ENSURE that the offense will be completely null prossed after completion of same AND the prosecutor agrees to EXPUNGE the record.
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