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Do i need to hire a lawyer for a theft of goods of under $30

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Do i need to hire a lawyer for a theft of goods of under $30 in Louisiana
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 3 months ago.

I think it is always a good idea if you can afford one. You do not want to get jail time for something due to a procedural mistake or something like that. Also, the lawyer can help get the charge expunged from your record.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
If it is my first offense, what will I likely be my penalty ?
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 3 months ago.

Jail time of up to six months and/or a fine of up to $500

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Is that the maximum penalty ? and who do I contact about a pretrial intervention since this is my first offense
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 3 months ago.

I believe so. You would contact the prosecutor.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
if I cannot afford a lawyer, what would you suggest I do ?
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 3 months ago.

You can ask for a court-appointed one.

Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 3 months ago.

Or find a pro bono lawyer service in your area. The Louisiana State Bar may offer such services.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
At my first court date what will most likely happen ?
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 3 months ago.

You will enter your plea. If you plead not guilty then there would be a trial probably.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
if I only have a short time left in the state due to schooling, will the court work with me to get things straightened out before i have to leave
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 3 months ago.

I would hope so but judges and prosecutors are all different and some are understanding while others have zero tolerance so that is hard to predict.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Would a traffic ticket stop them from allowing me to participate in the pretrail diversion program ?
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 3 months ago.

Not likely.