I went to the court proceeding that is meant to select the jurors for the allegation of retail fraud 1st degree in Michigan. The judge began introducing brief detailing of the events with (he used my full name in place of "she") "She did steal merchandise form ----and this is the crime of retail fraud". I immediatly gained the attention of my attorney, an appointed expert, saying that the judge just told everyone that I stole. I was waived off and she simply said "he meant you were charged". I again said that his honor had just said I was guilty, that I stole, but this time I was ignored as the proceeding went forward. My cheeks burned as I could barely hold back my tears and I know these emotions were from the realization that I had just been labeled a thief by a very powerful man.
I don't know what to do about this. To me it is a serious matter. Should I write my continued concern to my attorney to reinforce the dread that I feel still filling me? Please offer advice soon as the trial is not very far off. Thank you