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Not every overpayment notice is going to result in a criminal prosecution. It's significant if your food stamps office is not saying that you're being investigated for fraud. If you merely made a mistake in your reporting requirements and there is no evidence of your to defraud the government, arranging for a repayment plan is generally all you're going to need to do, apart from actually making payments.
But as to your question, it's always better for you to have a lawyer, since anything you say about this situation to anyone other than your lawyer can potentially be used against you, while what you're lawyer says on your behalf cannot.
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