Q: I was arrested for shoplifting at walmart for $69.
I was arrested and released on ROR the same night. I go to court Friday. I have no priors. How does court work? How does getting a court appointed lawyer work? What are likely outcomes?
Thanks so much.
A: At the arraignment, you'll learn about the charges against you and have the opportunity to enter a plea. If you can't afford a lawyer, you can request a court-appointed attorney. If eligible, one will be provided to represent you. Following this, your case might proceed to a pre-trial conference, where your attorney and the prosecutor discuss the case and potential plea deals. Many cases are resolved through negotiation, and if an agreement can't be reached, it may go to trial. For a first-time shoplifting offense with no prior criminal record, you might receive probation, fines, community service, or a combination of these, rather than jail time, depending on the specifics of your case and the court's discretion.
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