My daughter, age 16, was caught shoplifting (makeup, underwear, etc). Now, of course, I suspect that she has other stolen merchandise in her possession. I have been considering going through her room, finding out what she has that she didn't pay f...
You're right between the proverbial rock and hard place.
Yes, in theory the store could file a police report, but they likely wouldn't. They would probably just accept the merchandise back and that may be it. If you know which stores the items came from, maybe you could call the store anonymously (and don't forget to block your number) and speak to the manager to explain the situation. While that of course doesn't guarantee they won't promise you the world and turn around and double cross you... And keep in mind that the store manager may be a relatively young individual that may not be the most impactful force on your daughter. If the manager comes across as apathetic, it may actually convey the opposite message than you want.
Obviously as attorneys, our first obligation is to offer suggestions that protect her from liability. That would be to not contact the stores. But if your comfort level was sufficient after speaking with the store manager, maybe your plan could work the way you want it to. In the alternative, you could contact a local business owner - one she did NOT steal from that would be willing to speak with her about the impact of retail theft on their store.
And as far as your liability - you're right to be concerned. If you are knowingly in possession of items you know (or reasonably should know) to be obtained by theft, you're committing a crime. Maybe the potential impact on you and the family are part of the lesson here - this isn't just putting her in trouble, but hurts the businesses and could also expose her parents to risk, shame, etc.
If she is facing charges in juvenile court, that is going to be a significant impact on her (hopefully). She is likely eligible for a pre-filing diversion of some sort or worst case scenario a diversion through court.
I appreciate your stance on this. I wish I could somehow lecture at every high school and explain to the kids the true life-long impact of criminal acts. While juvenile records can be sealed, sometimes sealing isn't forever. And if she did the same thing after she turned 18, now she is labeled forever into the future as a thief. How would she like to explain that to future employers? Future spouses? In-laws? Her own children one day.....
Good luck with this.
Please pardon any typos - posted via mobile device.See question
i'm being charged with prowling for being in or around a dumpster that was on the street . I was with another person whom for some reason isnt getting charged with any of this? The police approached us in her car leaving the dumpster, the house wh...
Why aren't you letting your lawyer make the tactical decisions after discussing it with them?
We don't know anything about the case besides the limited information you provided.See question
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If you signed an ESS or joint suspended (or sometimes called a suspended prison sentprobation nice) and violate the terms of probation, you are almost certainly getting the suspended term imposed. While in some circumstances where there may be a technical minor violation that some judges won't sentence you to the five years, the terms of your plea out you at risk for having the suspended sentence imposed because you violated. That's the risk.
Talk to your lawyer.See question
I was pulled over for speeding which led to my dui conviction . I have alway said the cops are lying. Infact the officer was caught lying and did frabicate a story on the stand . Why was my case not through out ? But he was as about evidence found...
I'm all sorts of confused.
I think I read your question correctly - you went to trial and were found guilty. But the officer that pulled you over never testified? I'm not sure how they proved driving unless you crashed?
There's just too much information missing or confusing to decipher. If you want to appeal, you'll have to file notice of appeal within 60 days of sentencing. If you've gone beyond that, you have missed your chance.
If you're within that time frame, sit down ASAP to discuss with an appellate attorney.See question
If you get charge for attempted murder but the person is alive is there an opportunity to fight the case. A family member of mine is getting charge For this for stabbing someone but the victim is doing well. And now they want to put my family memb...
While the DA may make a plea offer of a lesser charge, without knowing the facts (don't post them here), I cannot guess if they will make such an offer.
Attempted murder does not require that the victim suffer lasting injuries - or any injury at all. For example, if a person has the intent to kill someone else and shoots a gun at their head, but misses by a fraction of an inch, it could still be attempted murder even though the victim suffered no injury.See question
I purchased a neon paraba tourmaline, 1 ct stone. Several months later it was appraised by GIA and they said it was not a tourmaline, rather it was aquamarine. I want the the neon paraba tourmaline stone that I expected.
Unless you have conclusive proof they knowingly sold you an inferior gemstone, your remedy is to sue in civil court for the value difference or your money back.See question
My public defender denied me right to speedy trial,don't know what I have against me it's 8-10 and I feel da and my lawyer is violation of something but she tells me I can't talk and every time I go to court they try to put me in jail I don't know...
If I'm deciphering your question correctly...
you have a right to a trial within a certain time after your arraignment. If you go beyond that and set a trial date, you then have a right to a trial within 10 days of that date. It sounds as though you're on day 8 tomorrow, so you're headed to trial very soon.
Can you hire a new lawyer? Maybe. But they lawyer better either be ready to try the case or convince the court they can be ready within a reasonable period of time.See question
Received an amonous call ref this #...saying they cantt get a hold of my husband...and wantedd to let us know he has a court date...which I find very odd..since we have been living at the same address for 18 years....I think its bogus..and want to...
It certainly isn't a valid criminal court case number in Orange County.
Typically, traffic tickets have a two letter and several number combination, but I can't think of a reason why anyone would call him over a traffic ticket.
Civil cases do usually start with the year, but there are many more digits that follow.
So based solely on what you wrote, I don't think it's a legitimate court case number.See question
My boyfriend recently got arrested and is facing his third strike for residential burglary. Most every lawyer i have contacted has told me the bill will be in the tens of thousands and want most of the fee up front. He has other charges i dont kno...
You're asking for a "pro bono" attorney. That is often viewed as asking for a free attorney or one that is willing to take a case on for free. Not entirely correct. An attorney may take on a case pro bono publico - "for the public good". That means they are in fact willing to work for free on a matter that has great social implication or that has far-reaching implications. Not many attorneys can take on something as complex and time consuming as this for free. The criminal system is designed to protect those that cannot afford an attorney at any stage with appointed counsel (who isn't working for free either, they're just paid by the government and not the individual client). If he has already been to court for his arraignment, he likely was appointed the public defender. Unless you can afford to hire a private attorney, that's who he will stay with.See question
My friend got sentenced 8 years it doubled because he had a strick that was 16 yrs. Old then added 5 more.So he got twenty-one years.
If a person has a prior conviction for a serious felony and is convicted of a new serious felony, there is a mandatory 5 year enhancement.See question