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  1. #1
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    Default shoplifting in portland,maine

    hello
    few days back, i unknowingly put 3 items in my pocket and chked out of hannaford. The Lp caught me and called th ecop. i signed a paper saying tht i will never visit hannaford for 6 more months.cop gave me a court date on dec 20. Iam having sleepless nights from tht day...what will happen to me if i plead guilty in court. i dont have money to pay the charges of the court.
    what do the portland, maine laws tell to such a situation.
    do i need to hire a lawyer or just accpet tht i have done it ...
    please advice...
    what will be the punishment.
    this is my first offence and the last....will never do it again in my entire life..its really not worth it.

    I cant afford a lawer...so shd i just plead guilty?I already paid the civil demand to the hannaford.the merchandise was 28$ worth items.
    please help.wil my visa status get affected?will they deport me back?my head is full of questions...please please help me.
    what will happen if i dont go to the court?

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    and also weather the LP guy will come to the court on my court date?

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    Default Shoplifting & Immigration Status

    If you are an immigrant on a visa, you should consult a lawyer familiar with immigration law issues before you enter a plea. If you cannot afford a lawyer, consider petitioning the court to appoint one to represent you.

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    hey aaron,
    thanks for mailing.
    please answer these questions too...

    1) what does the law in Portland, Maine say for first time offenders?( shoplifting for 28$)
    2) what is the punishment?
    3) will this be on record?
    4) will i sentenced to jail?
    5) will my future employers know about this?
    6) will they pardon me if i plead guilty?
    7) what if i dont hire a lawyer and just go and confess?will the punishment be less?

    thanks

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