Q: what do I do?
arrested for a petty theft of chicken from Publix but they are making this a felony case because this is the third time ,Last time he had a petty theft charge was over ten years ago,
it was a mistake I called ahead and they had it waiting and I called him telling him it was ready for pickup he assumed it was already paid for but it was not I meant he had to pickup and pay for it.
it was misunderstanding on our part but we didn’t find out until yesterday when they arrested him and I bailed him out.
What do I do?
A: The state has the discretion to charge a third petty theft as a felony, but they don’t have to. I’d hire a local lawyer to present mitigation and convince the State to either not file at all or keep the charges as a misdemeanor.
You hire a lawyer to speak with the prosecutors on your behalf. You may need to give them a sworn statement to clarify the facts.
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