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So you received a Class C felony charge for theft in ME, this is a very serious matter as it carries a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in prison, plus 2 years probation
and fines up to $5000. You are legally entitled to representation
for free from an attorney under your 6th Amendment rights.
When you appear in court the first time, it is known as arraignment or first appearance. This is where you enter your plea of not guilty and you ask the court to appoint you a public defender
to represent you since you cannot afford an attorney.
You MUST plead not guilty for arraignment and get the attorney appointed. Once you have an attorney appointed, the attorney is going to review the police reports and the evidence and will need to determine if they have grounds to actually challenge the evidence or the stop to get the evidence thrown out. If the attorney can do that, they could actually get your case dismissed.
Of course, if the attorney cannot do that, their next step is to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor based on you being a first offender. As a first offender the prosecutor has the option to agree to a deferred sentence, which means you can be given probation that you have to comply with for up to 3-5 years and if you have no further arrests for anything, they will dismiss the charges against you. This type of first offender sentence has to be negotiated for but would be beneficial to you with not having any prior offenses.
DO NOT plead guilty. Go to court, plead not guilty and ask for appointment of an attorney as is your constitutional right and have them at least negotiate a deal for you.
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