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Have you been convicted of shoplifting before this?
I didn't answer at all yet. I needed that information first.
You cannot be forced to sign any form. So you can say you are not signing anything. And clearly the form was wrong. But ultimately that is not going to help you. In fact when there is some discretion it is always best not to get everyone angry with you.
The reason why I asked about if there had been any other charges is because I was hoping you could get diversion and while it is still possible it is not going to be as easy. So it doesn't really make a lot of sense to act unco-operatively when it is not going to help you but could in fact hurt you.
Yes, I am saying that it is not going to matter in the end that they made a mistake and used the wrong form. You will be charged correctly in any event. A court will not care that the police officer provided you with a wrong form.
Yes I am also saying that you could get diversion again.
Usually you have to wait until the court date and then speak to the duty counsel and have duty counsel speak to the crown on your behalf.
I haven't heard of anyone being able to contact the program on their own ahead of time. If that was you experience last time then you can try it but that is not common.