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What Are Common Issues In A Theft Case That It Helps To Have An Attorney For?


I know many public defenders who are good attorneys. Sometimes they do public defender work part-time and private counsel work the rest of the time. It is a matter of recourses because essentially when someone has a public defender, they will see them for the five minutes before the court conference and after that they have no other responsibilities. The private counsel will have more time to investigate, conduct legal research and to pursue novel avenues of dealing with the case. The public defender is limited whereas the private counsel is unlimited in what he can do.

Should A Sixteen-Year-Old Who Stole Something Go Through The Juvenile System And Learn Their Lesson Or Should They Consult An Attorney?

The person should absolutely consult an attorney because the way the case is handled can determine whether or not this follows them around. There can be restrictions placed on them and it can end up on their record depending on how it is handled or they could even go to jail.

How Long Can A Theft Charge Or A Theft Case Potentially Last?

The typical amount of time for shoplifting types of cases is three to six months, but it could be up to a year before it goes to trial for a more serious theft case.

How Does the Process Work After Being Arrested For Theft?

Generally the person would have to go in for a preliminary hearing, an arraignment, where the charges they face and what the penalties are would be explained to them. They would be given an opportunity to hire an attorney. After that would be the second hearing, which is an early disposition conference where the prosecutor offers the best deal he thinks the person will ever get, before the person is indicted and without knowing any information about the case. There will be some status conferences on discovery and then the person will sit down for a pretrial conference and finally they will start with jury selection and the trial. The case will be settled through a plea bargain if the prosecutor and the defense counsel can come to an agreement on a resolution at any stage of this process.

Could Someone Easily Become The Scapegoat For Some Sort Of Crime Where They Do Not Realize The Severity?

The third category of people are the ones who are desperate. This often manifests in the form of passing bad checks. If someone’s family was hungry but there was no money, he might break into a bakery, break the window and steal a loaf of bread. In this case the person would just walk into the agency, write a check even though they have no money in their account and they would take the bread home and probably some more things also.

The A M P would have the person prosecuted for passing a bad check, which could be prosecuted at the municipal court level for either disorderly person misdemeanor offense, or if there was enough money involved, and if it had been done enough times, it would be considered a felony crime in the superior court. There are people out there who get themselves into desperate situations where they are left with very few options other than to do desperate things.

How Long Would It Take To Get An Expungement?

To get an expungement with regards to a conviction, a person would be able to file for an expungement immediately if they were arrested and the charges were dismissed. If someone was convicted of an ordinance or put into a diversion program like PTI, conditional discharge or dismissal, then they would be able to expunge their record six months after, or essentially a year and a half later. For the ordinance it would be a year and a half, but for the convictional dismissal would be six months after the one year probation, so it would take a year and a half all together. A person would have to wait five years if they were convicted of a disorderly person’s offense, also known as a misdemeanor. If they were convicted of a felony, it would be ten years, so the charge, whether the person was found responsible or culpable, is not as important as the way the person was found culpable. A person might have up to a ten year wait to get their charges off their record depending on whether it was a diversionary program, an ordinance, a misdemeanor charge or a felony charge.

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