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When you say CAS is putting pressure on you what do you mean?Is the first charge you've ever had?
Because this is a first charge you will likely be offered diversion. That is where you enter into an agreement with the Crown where you agree to make amends to society in some alternative way such as through doing some community service and then after you fulfill your obligations the crown will withdraw the charges.
So when you are in court you should speak to duty counsel who will speak to the crown on your behalf.
This will be an excellent outcome as then you won't have a criminal record and this will likely satisfy the CAS.
Does that help as a starting point?
You don't have to tell your husband and they don't have the right to tell him.
I suggest you tell the that you will see what the outcome in court is first but you are hoping the charges will be dropped and make it clear you feel you made a terrible mistake and will not ever do this again.
You don't need a lawyer for the shoplifting charge but if CAS is threatening you then you may need a family lawyer that specializes in child protection proceedings.
You should ask the CAS if they will wait to see what happens in court first.
There are not grounds to apprehend your children because you shoplifted.
They may decide you are in need of supervision but I don't believe that makes sense.
You can ask them what they are intending and if they are not closing their file then see a family lawyer.
Then you should consult with a family lawyer face to face.
You can contact the Law Society and use their Lawyer Referral Service. You will be given the name of a lawyer and can consult with the lawyer and the first half hour will be free.
The number is:
1-***-***-**** or(###) ###-####(within the GTA)
Duty counsel in criminal court is free.
If you are low income you can get a legal aid certificate for a child protection case.
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