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Could a Shoplifting felony reduced to misdemeanor?

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I was arrested, booked and released for shoplifting $400 merchandise in a store. The police told me that I would be charged as Felony because it is over $275 in WA.

I have a couple prior misdemeanors for shoplifting on 1990 and 1995, they both cleared for treatments and counseling. The reason I am stealing now is because I had major depression in my life (Lost my job) and was addicted to prescribed pain killer (morphine). I know it is excuses, but it is true.

My questions are:
1. Am I going to jail by shoplifting? I have a family to care for. What is the possible outcome for my sentencing? Probation? Should I plead guilty and get it over with?

2. Is it possible to reduce my charge from Felony to misdemeanor? I am currently physically disabled and unemployed. I am trying to get back to the work force. A felony will definitely jeopardize my chance to get a job.

3. I should be able to get a public defending lawyer because my low income. Is a public defending lawyer good for my case? Should I get a private lawyer?

4. Are there any website or government site shows previous cases and sentences. I like to know the possible outcome for my case if there are any ways I can check the public court record.

Thank you ahead to answer my questions.


Senior Member
First if you can't afford a lawyer the court must appoint one for you. Many public defenders are excellent, and many private lawyers are excellent. NEVER "just pleaed guilty" as a lawyer probably can work a plea for you. You also need counselling.

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