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Should I plead not guilty even if I did it?

A few weeks ago I was caught shoplifting from a store. I have a court date coming up and don't know what to do. I don't think the evidence is very good against me. I set off the alarm and told the manager I wasn't trying to leave and it just went off when I walked by, but he called the cops anyway and the cop believe him so I got arrested because I had some stuff in my coat pocket. What kind of plea should I enter?

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    Craig Andersen | Andersen Law PLLC
    10000 NE 7th Ave Suite 330B
    Vancouver, WA 98685
    (360) 397-0111
    You should always plead "not guilty" at your first opportunity. This is true even if you are factually guilty. Legal guilt is different from factual guilt. One should plead not guilty to preserve the status of not guilty legally and to ensure there is room to plea bargain. There are several reasons for a prosecutor to cut a deal. One should exhaust every opportunity to deal before entering a guilty plea. An attorney can make a huge difference in that process as well.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 3/11/2013
    Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    343 East Main Street, Suite 314
    Stockton, CA 95202
    (209) 463-9715
    Not guilty and ask for an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/9/2013
    Brendan M. Kelly | Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    1700 Farnam Street, Suite 2820
    Omaha, NE 68102
    (402) 455-1711
    You should hire an attorney and hopefully the charge can be dismissed or reduced down. Charges like this will impact you for life. Give us a call, we can offer a free initial consultation to discuss the matter and talk about options.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska - Replied: 1/9/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    Yes since if you plead guilty then your lose all bargaining power. If you have no prior theft convictions on your record then this is huge, since you may be able to work out something where you end up with no record. Criminal records are FOREVER. What employer wants to hire a thief?
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/8/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    Hire an attorney to represent you before your court date and let him decide how you should plead.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/8/2013
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