Q: Can I do anything to convince a DA to drop a felony charge to a misdemeanor in NC?
Tomorrow I meet with a detective and DA in NC. I'm going to be charged with breaking and entering (a grocery store) and larceny after the fact. It was a stupid mistake made out of desperation and I'll be returning the money during the meeting. I have no record and haven't done anything remotely close to this before. Is there anything I can say to convince the DA to charge this as a misdemeanor instead of a felony?
A: You need to immediately contact a criminal defense attorney in the county where this occurred - in fact, I recommend that you do so prior to any meeting with the detective and DA. The meeting itself is probably not the best idea. You will likely be arrested at this meeting. I highly doubt there is anything that you can say to the DA to talk them into only charging you with a misdemeanor. I recommend hiring a local criminal defense attorney immediately, and have them contact the detective and DA to politely cancel the meeting. If you still insist upon going to the meeting, I strongly urge you to bring a criminal defense attorney with you, and let them do all the talking.
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