Not stated here who your source of advice that "the odds are against her" may be, but it's obvious that it didn't come from a qualified criminal defense attorney in your area. You are apparently concerned with a Retail Theft incident and it also appears that a civil demand for money (probably from an attorney or law firm) has been received as well as a citation for the offense or a criminal summons from a magistrate-level court evidencing the filing of a criminal charge for Retail Theft. Pay close attention (read everything) if it is from a court or was issued by a law enforcement. Ignore efforts by attorneys, law firms, or the store itself to pay money. Best advice I can give you and her is to consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney without delay. Responding to the court system involves strict time limitations.Ask a similar question
Hire a criminal defense attorney and fight the case. A lot can be done to avoid a conviction. It will hurt your daughter's future if she pleads guilty.Ask a similar question
Lots of good advice from my colleagues here, the best of which is to seek representation from a criminal defense attorney at once, best of luck.
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