my 17 year old student was arrested for shop lifting

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my 17 year old student was arrested for shop lifting

She is a single mom about to graduate from high school. She was with a pregnant relative that convinced her to do it for her. Does she need a lawyer for court? What could her fine be? She is in Odessa TX. She wants it off her record so she can keep her scholarships for college. What are her options?

Asked on September 13, 2017 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Since she is a "first-time offender", she may be able to arrange for something known as "diversion". This is an alternative sentencing program in which she will plead guilty to the charge, receive a special probation and upon successful completion, her plea will be withdrawn and the case her dismissed. Her record should automatically be cleared at that point.


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