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I was charged on 5-2-13 and my court date is in June. The police was involved and I was only written a citation and I also signed Kmart papers saying what I took.
During my probation period for completing the deferred adjudication, how will this affect me when I apply for part time jobs this summer. Do I have to check the box when they ask if I have any prior convictions? Do part time jobs typically run back ground checks? In your prior experience for this level of charge against me, what would the typical amount of court fees be? (could you be more specific than a broad range, e.x. $100-1000)
A first offense of concealment of merchandise constitutes a Class 3 misdemeanor in North Carolina, and the offender may receive only a suspended sentence of imprisonment, so long as the offender performs 24 hours of community service. So that might be very helpful to you. Again, a local attorney can be your best bet on getting that done for you It is always best to have a local attorney in these matters
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Thank you for your insight. I think my best bet is to hire a lawyer. Do you know the amount for a typical criminal defense lawyer would run me for this misdemeanor, seeing as how I am on a college budget? Or would a public attorney be fine for this situation?
To clarify, since this is my first offense I will get a class 3 charge. What are the implications?
How can I plead not guilty when I signed the K-mart forum saying I was involved with larceny? Do those papers affect anything in the court proceedings?
I got some advice from an attorney and he said an option would be mediation. He said my case might be dropped if I also send in an apology letter. He also said a prayer for judgement would not really help me because I am still attending a university.
Does this mean my record would be cleared? Should I contact K-mart and the mediation center to setup a meeting without a lawyer? How should I go about this in a professional manner?
Here is a link I found regarding mediation in NC:
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