Do I need a lawyer for a first time misdemeanor larceny charge in North Carolina?

My daughter was arrested for shoplifting from WalMart. She only took $90 worth of merchandise. Do I need to get her a lawyer for a first time misdemeanor larceny charge in North Carolina?

It is likely, though not mandatory, that your daughter will qualify for a first offender program. However, you or she should at least request a court appointed lawyer or public defender, given that the conviction for misdemeanor larceny is a class 1 misdemeanor, and has significant implications for her ability to get employment in the future – employers tend to be skeptical of hiring people with theft or shoplifting charges.

The good news is that it’s likely that this matter can be resolved in her favor. It just may take some work to do so.

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Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.