I was caught by TARGETS LP altering a price tag. I never left the store after i paid for the merchandise. I was stopped by a young gentleman that stated he was the LP manager and asked me if i would come to the office with him. I was very cooperative, even the officer and the manager kept telling me "Thank you for being so cooperative." What do i need to do now. I am really tight on money and this is my first time ever getting into any Civil trouble.
Are you being charged criminally? If so, you will need to get a lawyer. If you are eligible, one will be appointed to you. If not, then it seems as though you got lucky. You will probably receive a civil demand in the mail. Most attorneys would advise you not to pay this.
Depends on what they did. Did they call the police and charge you, because altering tags is a crime all by itself. You got caught committing a crime. If you were charged, consult with a criminal defense attorney or ask the court for appointed counsel.
If you were not charged, thank your lucky stars and stop trying to take things that are not yours.
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You need to stop being so "cooperative." you are going to "cooperate yourself right into a criminal conviction. Go see an attorney in your area and start defending yourself and protecting your interests.
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You should contact a local criminal defense attorney to explain the precise scenario at play here. If you paid the incorrect price because you mislabeled the merchandise, as an example, you may still be exposed to some criminal liability and your "cooperative" statements could be your downfall. I would contact a local criminal defense attorney who will ask pertinent follow-up questions.
Your precise situation is not entirely clear. However:
1) If you have been charged with a crime (this includes being issued a summons by a police officer), you should hire a criminal defense attorney.
2) If you have not yet been charged with a crime, you should stop speaking about the incident and hope that you are not served with an arrest warrant in the near future. If you are arrested / charged in the near future, do not make any statements and hire an attorney as soon as possible.
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It is hard to say just from the facts given but I think it would be a good idea to hire a defense attorney. If you have been charged then you may be eligible for a court appointed attorney. Being cooperative will not help you in this situation, those statements could later be used against you. Additionally, stop discussing this on a public website.
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