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    Default Availability of Diversion Programs

    does michigan have a diversion program? and how do I go about getting this program for my offense? I was charged with retail fraud 3rd degree. I entered a not guilty plea and have to appear at a pre trial on april 3 07. any help would be greatly appreciated. And this is also my very first offense with no prior criminal record at all and i am 33.

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    Default Re: diversion program?

    You need to consult with a criminal defense.

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    Default Re: diversion program?

    The availability of diversion programs for shoplifting varies by county, so you need to check with your county court or a local criminal defense lawyer.

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    Default Re: Availability of diversion programs

    how can i get a court appt. attorney now? I am single raising two children with very low income. Do i just call the court and ask for one? The amount was less than 50.00. And the one item I never got out of the store with, the officers came in to ask me, and when i went to give them the item they arrested me then seachred my purse.. the never read me my miranda rights. any more advice for me? Thank u for ur help..

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    Default Re: Availability of diversion programs

    Go to the court, go to the criminal clerk's office for the District Court, ask for a form to petition for a court appointed lawyer, complete and return it, and see if the court approves it.

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    Default Re: Availability of Diversion Programs

    Thank You for the information. Greatly appreciated.

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    Angry Re: Availability of Diversion Programs

    I am on my way to file a pet. for a court appt. attorney any advice before I go?? Any thing I should know etc etc.:

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    Default Re: Availability of Diversion Programs

    It's a pretty short questionnaire. You can see the standard version here (in PDF format).

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    Unhappy Re: Availability of Diversion Programs

    aaron i guess i am being charged with one offense of ret frd 3rd and a 2 offense 3rd degree. but only one item was actually taken out of the store, the other item was never taken out by me, the police officers actually tooke it out, and also i purchased items from both places that day. do u think i will serve jail time i have two children, i don't have anyone to take care of them. i did apply for a ct appt. attorney yesterday. so hopefully i will hear from them soon, both items totaled under 50.00 will that have any bearing on my judgement? I am so worried I can't eat or sleep, I know commit the crime pay the time.. I just thought I could get away with it, and obviously could not..this site really helps alot, any suggestions, I am joining counselling at my chruch today, and I am writing a letter of apology to both stores. any other words of wisedom for me?? Thank You for ur time..

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    Default Re: Availability of Diversion Programs

    Your words of wissom were already given to you.

    . Consult a criminal defense Attorney

    . Enter a diversion program if you qualify

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