Q: My daughter is charged with shoplifting under $500 with no prior offenses. How should she plea at her arraignment?
She is on medication for bipolar disorder and had forgotten her medication that day. She was experiencing a mental health episode. She has never been in trouble EVER and is terrified.
A: At arraignment Defendants plead not guilty about 95% of the time on misdemeanor and felony cases. The prosecutor could make an offer at arraignment to settle the case but typically they will want to subpoena the witness from the store and then make an offer on the second court date.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.