Dear JACUSTOMER - Your daughter needs an attorney and if you cannot afford one you should get a court appointed attorney. The court appointed attorneys do a good job and it would cost you several thousand dollars to hire a private attorney. As far as the $200, that is a civil case and you can refuse to pay and let them file a suit if they wish. Many times they will write a letter from an attorney and make threats of suit but seldom are the suits actually filed and if do you can always pay the money then. I certainly wouldn't hand over $200 unless they would be willing to drop the charges.
If this is your daughter's first offense it is likely she will get probation and either a fine or community service. At some point, if she completes her probation and gets in no further trouble she can likely have this removed from her record. An attorney can guide her through the process so at her first court appearance she should plead not guilty and ask for an attorney.
Will they hold it against her for pleading not guilty when she did take the item.
If she pleads guilty, does she have the option of an attorney? She was already
out of the store and willingly returned when her friend (used loosely) gave the
police her phone number.
This is her first offense, do you have any idea how much community service and probation. She is working 40 hours and likes her job, hopefully she doesn't lose that.
Thank you for answers!
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