I’m facing misdemeanor theft charges.it’s coming down to either trying to a stay of adjudication or jury trial, what should i do?

DETAILS

I unknowingly took a wallet from a bar and gave it to my ex bf, he asked for the wallet, i thought it was his. we went to holiday and as he was getting redbox movies, told me to go get food and cigs., i was very intoxicated and really didn’t realize what was going on. I was then arrested a short time later for theft and take w/o consent. I’ve been going to court for a few months now, everytime i get a new court date. We were trying for a dismissal givien the circumstances, but now it seems I’m being faced with the two options above. I feel like my lawyer isn’t taking it seriously, he hasn’t been in contact w/me and didn’t notify me when new evidence came in. I don’t know what to do and I don’t fully understand my options. I don’t want to go to trial, i just want it off my record.

ANSWER

You should make an appointment to speak to your lawyer immediately about your concerns. Your lawyer is in the best position to examine all of the details and provide you with the pros and cons of each option.

Obviously, the choice of whether or not to go to trial is your call. You must also be comfortable with the attorney who is going to try your case.

If you are feeling trapped or pressured to make a decision, that is not a good sign. You always have the right to hire another lawyer, or obtain a second opinion.