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Good evening. I certainly understand your concern. As a first time offender, you could inquire from the court, at your first appearance, about entering into the diversion program. It normally requires you to stay out of trouble for a period of time, perform community service, pay fines/costs and possible enroll of a shoplifters prevention class. If you do everything that is asked of you, the case will be dismissed and your record will be clean. You have to wait until your court date and enroll in it then, so right now, you just want to stay out of trouble and not pick up any new charges.
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Do i need to hire a defense lawyer? i am a student and really can't afford it, can i trust a public defense attorney on this?
so you're saying i can request a diversion program on my own without the aid of an attorney?
please what is the proper way to ask for this?
is there any chance that i might be denied the diversion program?
Does requesting for a diversion program require me to plead guilty or not guilty, if yes, how should i plead?