Q: Wife received a shoplifting misdemeanor summons with a retail value of 30.00 +/-, first time, age 64 in Connecticut.
Not sure if we should hire a lawyer / and or she will plead guilty or not. Claims it was not intentional, but an oversight. As usual she put refrigerated products in her own shopping bag, (two items), and mistakenly did not hand it to the cashier and was confronted at the exit. But most importantly, do we go to the summons hearing with / without a lawyer. Already received a 300.00 satisfaction collection from firm representing retailer.
A: You should consult with an Attorney - do NOT plead guilty. There are several ways to avoid a criminal conviction for larceny. Good people make mistakes all the time. Get sound legal advice and minimize the consequences
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