Fayetteville, GA asked in Criminal Law for Georgia

Q: I have a shoplifting charge. Do I need an attorney to get into a pretrial diversion program? If I don't how do I get in.

I believe i qualify for first offender. I was arrested 20 years ago in college for a fight however.

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Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Powder Springs, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: The answer to your question is yes. Anytime there is a potential for a plea bargain, having an attorney representing you is highly advisable. You want to make sure that none of your rights are violated and that any “deal” reached is truly in your best interest. There is more to being eligible for pre-trial diversion than it being your first offense. More information is needed about the specifics of your circumstances. For this reason, it is best to contact an attorney who can assist with the specifics of your case.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

Michael D. Barber Jr.
Michael D. Barber Jr.
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: If you have a prior charge, then the chances of the state (prosecutor) allowing you to use anything like pretrial diversion have gone down significantly. The chances do go up, however, if you can employ an attorney. Keep in mind that some counties will only let you into the program if you have an attorney.

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