I am a first time offender and was never arrested for this charge(theft by taking)...its really a long story but i received a letter in the mail saying I need to come to court on sep21. Im a college student and I really dont know what to do. Can you please just give me some advice
2 Answers from Attorneys
Here is some advice:
(1) Just because you were not arrested does not mean you cannot be charged for a crime such as "theft by taking". Without knowing more, I speculate that this court date is to inform you of such a charge.
(2) You should absolutely go to court as specified in the summons.
(3) You should seek counsel from an attorney immediately.
Feel free to contact me if you want assistance or more information.
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Yasha is correct. I ditto the DISCLAIMER as well. Seek legal counsel IMMEDIATELY and do not say anything about the charges to anyone other than your attorney--I suggest you hire an attorney BEFORE you go to Court (the "letter" you received was probably a Notice of Arraignment) .
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