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I was recently caught stealing from walmart and have no prior offenses at all on my record. what is the worst possible outcome?

Beaver Falls, PA |
Filed under: Shoplifting

i was caught stealing and was the first time. i have no criminal history. walmart took my information and the cops ran my license to make sure i had no warrants. they left and walmart said i would be expecting something in the mail regarding my court date. im currently in school and will be working for the FAA. this was an honest mistake and a lesson learned. will this be on my record and what are the possible outcomes. i would be much appreciative of a good response.

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  1. Best answer

    You have options available, retain a criminal defense attorney to help you through this as an offense on your record can have long lasting negative effects.

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  2. When you receive the court papers in the mail, plead not guilty and ask for a hearing. Then retain an experienced criminal defense attorney. The attorney will explore all options for you to avoid a conviction. Good luck.


  3. The penal consequences won't be severe. At most maybe probation and a fine. But the collateral consequences could be more severe, like employment consequences. Get an attorney and fight the charges. (by the way theft is not an "honest" mistake. If you did it, its a crime.)

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  4. Probation.

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