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My son has been charged with Cal PC 490.5. (petty theft) This

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My son has been charged with Cal PC 490.5. (petty theft) This is his first and only arrest. Can he receive diversion?
Hello Jacustomer,

Even though he can probably receive diversion by asking for it at his first arraignment, it is best for your son to have a lawyer. Criminal matters can have lifetime consequences, and a lawyer will protect his rights and inform him of all of his options, not just the possibility of diversion, which may or may not be the best way to resolve his case.. Additionally, many DA's do not like negotiating with unrepresented defendants.

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