Q: What can I do to help my brother with criminal theft charge being thrown at him? (NY, Saratoga County)
My brother is 26 years old, he was getting groceries at walmart at a self check out and while talking with someone missed scanning a single item worth $30. Before he made it a few feet a security officer stopped him, went through his bag, and pulled out the item informing him that he didn't pay for it. My brother apologized and pulled out money to pay explaining it was a mistake. They wanted none of it, the security guard even radioed "Got one" and they called the police and banned him. Police officer explained the charge would probably be dropped based on the situation and my brother was 100% cooperative. The DA however said because he had gotten into minor trouble(small stuff like led lights on the bottom of his car) 8-10 years ago, even though he has been doing well even passed the test for correction officer for the state and the county sheriff exam, he wants him to plead guilty. I know its his job but the DA sounded prejudice. Adjourned 30 days. PD has 15 other cases, unreliable.
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