What should I do if I’m being charged a second time with shoplifting?

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What should I do if I’m being charged a second time with shoplifting?

My first charge was exactly 3 years ago. I suffer from severe depression, I as just diagnosed as bi polar and go days on end with no sleep causing me to have periods of time where I am very confused, not real aware of what is going on, forgetfulness. Both times I have been arrested have been during time periods where I have been without sleep for 5 or more days and I don’t remember shoplifting, just a real sense of confusion and panic. I plan on pleading not guilty this time for the first I pled guilty because I feel my mental health is greatly affecting my memory and decision making.

Asked on September 22, 2015 under Criminal Law, Nebraska

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You need an attorney.  This is a matter where your safety is involved, not just an issue of shoplifting.  Explain all of these occurences with your counsel and see if your counsel will work with the prosecutor's office to perhaps seek alternative conviction or counseling as opposed to jail time.


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