Legal Question in Criminal Law in Ohio

I was caught and charged with shoplifting yesterday and I was wondering what is best to plead at my court date on Thursday. The item was only $38 and I was cooperative and the officer thanked me for being cooperative.

Asked on 10/28/12, 8:58 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Timothy Hess T. Hess & Associates, LLC

You should plead "not guilty" and the get another date for a pretrial with the prosecutor. At the pretrial you (or your attorney) try to negotiate a lesser charge or possibly a diversion program. Diversion allows you to complete a probationary period where upon successful completion, the charges are dropped/dismissed.

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Answered on 10/28/12, 9:03 pm

Adam Burke Burke, Meis & Associates

Ask for a continuance to get a lawyer. If you have no record you probably can qualify for a diversion program and avoid a conviction. If you can't get a continuance plead not guilty and get a lawyer.

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Answered on 10/28/12, 9:04 pm

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