I was charged with theft in the fifth degree in Iowa, a simple misdemeanor. I am barely 18 and this is my first offense. I have a court date and want advice on how to keep the charges for going on my record.
2 Answers from Attorneys
Get yourself an attorney and see what you can do to get this dismissed. Barring that you may be eligible for a deferred judgment.
I've thought about this overnight. The best you will be able to do is to get a deferred judgment and complete probation. Then you stand a pretty good chance of getting it expunged. Needless to say expungement is a difficult process in Iowa. Here is a site that presents a more detailed picture of what you are up against.
Best of luck to you.
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