You need to take her to the public defender's office immediately and make arrangements for representation. Just because she waived her rights to the public defender at the first hearing does not mean she cannot change her mind subsequently upon proof to the public defender that you cannot afford an attorney to represent her.
NC is a VERY HARSH state when it comes to theft charges and the worst part is under NC law it is almost impossible to later get the charges expunged if she gets convicted so this will haunt her forever. Thus, you need to get her the attorney immediately and do whatever you can to make sure she has one. The problem is that because she gave a full confession, this will be used against her and there is not much the attorney can do to fight this charge except to work out a deal perhaps for your daughter to testify against the other woman.
If the have charged her with a felony larceny
, this must be because they are adding in the property stolen by the other woman, since larceny under $1000 is a misdemeanor
in NC. Larceny of $1000 or more in NC is a class H felony and the general sentence
on a Class H felony is only 4-5 years, so I do not understand how they have charged her if there is a potential of 39 years involved here. Typically a first offender on even a class H felony is going to get probation and community service and not a prison sentence.
You must go to the public defender's office as soon as possible here so they can agree to represent her and get the case file to see how the court is claiming there is a maximum 39 year sentence, since that does not make sense for a misdemeanor theft or even a class H felony for theft over $1000.
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