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Thanks Paul...it was actually a mistake on the years. I just spoke to her and she indicated that it was 39 months not years. Needless to say, with everything going on, she was more than confused! It looks like I will take her and the paperwork to the PD office on Friday and see what we can do.
As she is unemployed now, and sadly, I have been unemployed since May of 2012, money for all this is tight. I appreciate the advice and will do what you suggested.
I am looking at the Magistrate Order which states: I the undersigned, find that the defendant named above, has been charged without a warrant and his (her) detention is justified because there is probable cause to believe that on or about the date of offense shown ( 12/19/12) and in the county named (Buncombe) the defendant did unlawfully, willfully and feloniously;
steal, take or carry away property described below (misc. food and clothing) having a value of $300
Larceny by employee is the charge.
I spoke with a good friend of mine is who a retired SBI Agent (State Bureau of Investigation) who does consulting work for local law enforcement agencies, etc. He feels that we need to try to get those moved to juvenile court and also recommends going to the PD office to see about reversing the waiver so she can retain PD representation. The PD may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor for first offender as you suggest or possibly even get it all moved to juvenile court. Seems we have some options and as you suggested, need to start this asap.
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