Will she be charged with what?
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She will receive a court notice to appear. Good news is that they released her in lieu of sending her to jail. These types of misunderstandings happen frequently. When she goes to court, assuming she has no criminal history, she will be offered a diversion program which will lead to a dismissal after she jumps through a few hoops. She does not not "need" a lawyer to get diversion nor will she be entitled to an appointed one, but always good to bend the ear of an attorney if one can afford. Good luck to your friend.
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"the store took things too far."... really? If you say so...
Q: What could happen to her now when she goes in front of the judge?
A: She faces up to 60 days in jail, 6 months probation, a $500.00 fine and a permanent criminal conviction.
Rather than either pointlessly pleading your friend's case or proclaiming your friend's innocence on the internet and focusing on penalties perhaps you should consider how to beat or mitigate your friend's case (hint: hire a lawyer... or not... it's your friend's case and your friend's life, not mine...)?
Wishing your friend luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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I agree with both my colleagues .
Once the police are involved you cannot undo the criminal charge itself, but it is possible that the representative from the grocery store will not want to prosecute and no witnesses will show up on the day of trial. The accused may also be eligible for pre-trial diversion. There are a number of options that could result in dismissal.