Can I beat a shoplifting charge in Fairfax, Virginia?

Question:  A friend shoplifted from Walmart in Alexandria Va (Fairfax Va court district) & is desperate to beat the charge, can she do it?This is her first offense & she is extremely remorseful & desperate to not catch a conviction.  What are her chances of beating the case/getting a dismissal? She is a college student with great GPA & many accomplished accolades.

Answer:

A person charged with larceny may have a defense. Many defenses are not intuitive. If one has no defense on the merits, a good mitigation strategy may result in a deferred disposition (a dismissal with some preconditions, such as probation and community service). Your friend will want a good lawyer.