I made a mistake. More than one. Twice. Multiple. I have a problem and I know it and I am currently super afraid of what the future may hold. I have no criminal past, 23 years old, but I made a mistake. I have been stealing stuff from stores for the last 4-5 yr and it can total up to over thousands of dollars. I once tried to seek help on how to stop this problem because sooner or later I knew I would get caught. But I got scared when certain “help websites” asked for my personal info. I thought I would draw attention to myself and I chickened out. But now I got caught by security before walking out with what was about $100 worth of merchandise. I panicked and said I was under medication but I complied and gave them back every piece of merchandise that was unpaid for. Security let me go with no issue however, I am afraid of them looking through footage of previous visits and I know I may be looking into something way more disastrous. This was the first time I got caught and now I am panicking and regret everything and I just don’t know what to do because I shouldve gotten the help when I first knew I had a problem. Now I’m afraid it may be too late.
You have been very lucky. It is doubtful that security will look over past videos. The fact that police were not called and you were not cited nor arrested is to your advantage. QUIT STEALING
ANDREW ROBERTS CRIMINAL, DUI AND TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSE ATTORNEY- 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Get help. Stop posting on public forums about this. If you are approached by law enforcement or questioned by anyone, invoke your right to remain silent and lawyer up. Otherwise go see a mental health professional. Kleptomania and consumption addictions are very real problems and mental health counseling can be effective. Good luck!
The short answer is yes. You could be charged for other instances which occurred in the past. I highly recommend Behavioral Management Group in Northridge for help with your situation. Don't post any more information on any public forum about your conduct and call a lawyer and have a confidential consultation about what to do next.
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