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Thanks for the info. A few more questions. Can you recommend an attorney that specializes in this? Can the store owner drop the charges (should he change his mind) before the desk appearance? If the ACD is agreed to and she is not involved in an incident during the 6 month period following, is it totally wiped clean from her record? For the desk appearance in January, is she expected to make a plea of guilty/not guilty and is the sentence (ACD, etc) decided right then and there?
thanks. As this is a very ridiculous case ($3 blueberries), can I go and speak to the owner, explain the situation and see if I can get him to drop the charges?
OK two (last) questions...can the store owner elect to be present at the desk appearance (and does it matter)? Is there any chance she is looking at jail time for this or is the probability zero?