Theft charge in Oregon
UPDATED: Jul 3, 2009
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Theft charge in Oregon
I was arrested and released for Theft 2. This is my first arrest. I don’t know why I shoplifted and have never had any intent or prior desire do so. It was a stupid error in judgment and I want to do the right thing. My court date is in 1 1/2 weeks. I do not know what to do. I took 3 items in value of $120 total. Detained at store, picked up by police, booked and released. What are my options? I still can’t beleive I did this. I take prozac for depression. Can this cause you to have irrational thoughts? Thank you for your reply.
Asked on July 3, 2009 under Criminal Law, Oregon
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 13 years ago | Contributor
You should get an attorney to help you with this. This is a misdemeanor, a criminal offense. Perhaps they can get the charge thrown out on a technicality or somehow reduced. It will be worth it in the long run to have a lawyer represent you. If you can't afford one try legal aid (the public defender typically doesn't handle shoplifiting cases).
Additionally, if this is your first criminal offense, you may qualify for some type of alternative sentencing which would leave you without a criminal record. And, in Oregon, even if you are convicted of a misdemeanor you can move to have an "expungement" (clearing) of your record.
Again, however, your first step should be to speak with an attorney.
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