I'm 17, a minor, and I stole about $126 worth of makeup from Walmart. They caught me as I walked out the door and called the police. Then made me call my mom. They gave me a paper that said I might receive something in the mail from Walmart within the next few weeks or I might not. They also gave me a court date for May 8, a little over a month. I don't know what to expect at court. Will I get charged? Community service? What will happen? It cant go down on my permanent record since I'm a minor, right? I'm honestly really scared about. The police and security were super rough on me and I've never gotten in trouble with the law before.
If you are concerned about keeping your criminal history clear, then you should speak with a local attorney ASAP. Depending on the facts of your case, there may be several ways to avoid too harsh of a penalty, and most importantly, ways to keep it off of your criminal history. Most defense attorneys offer a free consultation to go over your options with you. Good luck!
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Even though you are 17, you can be charged as an adult and this can go on your permanent record. I would encourage you or your parents to hire an attorney. If this is a first offense, then you may want to enter a plea under a first offender act.
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