My question involves criminal law for the state of: OH
Hi, a few days ago I was caught shoplifting about $30 worth of items. I was arrested, fingerprinted, and had my picture taken. However, the police station posted my bail since I have no prior criminal charges and overall I am a good kid, I just made a mistake. However, the arraignment is about four days later (meaning tomorrow) and I am not sure how this is going to work. I have spent all weekend researching and reading forums so I have a pretty good idea about what to do. I just figured I would post and see if anyone answers. I know I need to go there and plea not guilty and ask for a PD. I am not able to afford a private attorney because I just recently graduated from college about less than a month ago. I don't want this to go pass the arraignment trial though. How does the diversion program work and how do they usually offer it to you? The police officer that arrested me was really nice and said that I would most likely be offered the diversion program and this would be wiped from my record like nothing ever happened. I am so ashamed of this and just want to get this taken care of as quickly as possible. Is there a way that I could request to be a part of the diversion program? Any advice would help me immensely. Thank you.