I was recently caught for shoplifting at a store. They did not arrest me and let me go without paying for the merchandise. They did make me fill out paperwork that will go in their system. However, I have been caught for shoplifting before at the store. I was arrested and went to court. I attended a shoplifting course and then I expunged my record. During this time, they also banned me from the store location. I do not believe they banned me from all stores within their company initially, but they have now.
I am, however, afraid that the store will come after me after the fact. Can they do this? I understand that I made a horrible mistake and am extremely afraid. I am currently in school and am worried about how this will impact me.-The store I stole from the second time was a different location than the first time. All I know is I will never do this again. If contacted, I am considering calling the store manager and asking them not to press charges. I cannot stress how horrified I am, especially because the degree I am seeking requires that I have a clean record to sit for a licensure.
Yes, sadly, there may be a later decision for an arrest and further consequences. No, calling the store is not a good idea as there should not be contact between the perpetrator of an offense and the victim of an offense.
Contacting a criminal defense attorney would be a good idea.
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Your question is whether the store can prosecute you for shoplifting after they let you go. The simple answer is yes they can. If you receive charges, either by mail or by personal service, you should immediately hire an attorney. You could also consult with one in advance if you feel that would help you. Bottom line: Stop shoplifting. You said you made a mistake but always being sorry after doing something you knew to be wrong will not excuse you in the eyes of the law.
Because they did not have you arrested, it is unlikely (though legally possible) that they will seek criminal charges against you. However, based on what you signed, they will most likely enter your name into a database that will preclude your obtaining employment at retail establishments who subscribe to that database. Also, the store's lawyers will send you a demand letter for some amount of money between $100 and $1,000. If you receive such a letter, you should consult an attorney experienced in handling these matters. Most of us provide free consultation. www.galivanlaw.net
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