i was grocery shopping and i used the self checkout lane and there were some items that i didn’t scan so i bagged them anyway i was stopped by the store asset protection and when they finished going through my basket they notified the police and the items that i didn’t pay for came out to $82 the police officer didn’t arrest me she told me that i have to appear in court and pay a fine i want to know if i can still be put in jail this is my very first time getting into trouble with the law
If it was only $82 and you have never been arrested before, the chances of you going to jail is slim. If this is your first arrest then you most likely will be placed on court supervision - other conditions of your court supervision could be that you are banned from entering that store and that you may have to do community service. If you violate your court supervision or fail to complete any condition of your sentence, including completing the community service, then your court supervision could be revoked, a conviction could enter, and you could possibly end up going to the county jail for a short time. First off though -- you must find out when you have to appear in court for your first court date -- because if you miss court then a warrant could be issued and you would likely end up in jail.
I absolutely agree with Ms. Anderson. I would add that in Kane County, they have a deferred prosecution program that you may qualify for. You’d be well advised to have an attorney represent you. Best of luck to you!
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