I’m 17 and I got caught shoplifting $235 worth of merchandise from target. Loss prevention called the police and I was arrested. I have to go to court but I want to know if I’ll need a lawyer or not? What would be the benefits to having a lawyer present? Should I pay the civil demand from target? Should I plea guilty or not guilty? What will happen if I plea guilty with out a lawyer or not guilty without a lawyer present? Because I’m a minor will I have to serve jail time even though this is my first (and last) offense?
I would get a lawyer... then sit down with that person and go through everything.... including whether you should pay the demand.
You don't want something like this to follow you around. No one looks good being branded as a thief.
Good luck to you.
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