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SwonMentsMece : Why do they repeat the color so often? I haven't been to find any information on if the color holds any importance to their art...

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esyez011 : Previous to this case: Plead guilty to one and not guilty to the other, the judge gave a 60 day stay overhead (aka 60 days in jail)
Second case (current one): Back in April 2012 (went in to the police station, confessed and returned item) , letter just came in as a misdemeanor, court date on the 3rd of October San Diego Court.

Current statistics: Full time student with a full time job and currently seeing a therapist for addiction and anxiety.

Is it worth it to spend $1500+ on an attorney to help lessen the punishment? An attorney I talked to a while back said the best I can do is have a full-time job, enroll as a student full-time, and see a therapist to show the judge that it isn't necessary to have 60 days in jail for an attitude change. The jails are already overflowing anyways.

Please no responses with judgment about the case, yes I am aware it was stupid. I don't need someone to point out the obvious as that doesn't change the situation. Everything is already past and there is nothing I can do to change it. Just looking for attorney advice. Much appreciated.
The charge is Petty Theft - Misdemeanor
@ Death Penalist - If you know anything about the court system you would know that they love when you bring up that you've been seeing a therapist for your problems. It doesn't matter if you're not medically ill, the fact of the matter is that you are working on your problems to better yourself and showing that you are taking your life seriously by going to school and working. You clearly don't know anything about the court system if you say that seeing a therapist doesn't help. Mental obstacles can be just as serious as medical. Read up before answering questions in this category.
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Neglesnig : If you are accused of a crime, then you can call the District Attorney's office and ask that an attorney be appointed for you.
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BuyNolvadex : What's the charge? Assault or something serious like that? Or something somewhat trivial?
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srfecti644 : I would say spend the money on the lawyer. If you do, you could get an adjudicated sentence that will not be on your record(sorta). It will come up if you do the same thing...sad, but a good lawyer can keep you out of jail if you have the money and continue to rehab. Good luck on the rehab, it is a very hard thing to do, but worth it in the long run.
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carpinteyrosli : Addiction and anxiety are character flaws and moral weaknesses, not medical problems. I don't know why a judge would go easy on you, because you've failed to take responsibility for solving your own problems. You had the choice of whether to shoplift or not, and you chose to shoplift. I'm not sure how addiction and anxiety should make your punishment any less severe.
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unummaphy : What do you owe the court if convicted for a first offence in a DUI case? Also what does it cost to attend cour appointed alcohol classes?
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reinodisGF : The court fees and penalties vary from county to county in California if convicted of a DUI.
See http://www.sandiegodui.com/penalty.html for details.

A local criminal defense attorney can advise you depending on which area are in. Most drunk driving defense lawyers in California give free advice.

Here are the details of San Diego county's programs which have links to the respective websites of the different programs: http://www.sandiegodui.com/dui-classes-san-diego.html .

You can select a program near you here: http://www.adp.cahwnet.gov/Criminal_Justice/DUI/pdf/DUI_dir2007.pdf .
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esyez044 : Basic Consequences for First Time Offenders

While consequences vary based on the situations surrounding the DUI arrest, first time offenders typically face the following:

?Fine between $390 and $1300
?Probation for 3 to 5 years
?Jail time ranging from 48 hours to 6 months
?Sheriff work programs
?First Offender School
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crfmnkhufemq : What exactly does this following sentence/statement mean: "All other misdemeanor, felony and infraction violations that occur within Los Angeles County are prosecuted by the district attorney."
Steve Cooley is the current L.A. County DA....what will be his role in my friend's case? My friend is being accused of child molestation (he's in jail right now). He is awaiting his preliminary hearing...it will take place three weeks from now. Thanks!
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