I was dared into stealing something, and I got caught. I never stole in my life, and I feel completely stupid for taking on the dare. I took a singular item (Khols) and got caught. No police were involved, the lady just had me sign papers, took my photo and ID photo, said she won't involve the police department - only their own security system and am banned (and MAYBE a fine would appear within two weeks). However, I am unclear. Is this still going to go on a criminal record? Will is actually ruin my chances of finding a job sometime soon? What are the chances of the fine being mailed to me? It's the first offense I have ever done and plan to never ever convict a crime again.
This situation is very odd to me but regardless, don't downplay the fact that you committed retail theft. First, how are they planning on fining you without involving the courts in some way? I think maybe there was a lack in clarification somewhere along the way in a manner only they can provide you. I would just let it go though, if they do not report you, don't annoy them and give them a reason to. Simply put, I do not know of any way that this would prevent you from obtaining a job except maybe with the CIA...there will be no record of it anywhere if there are no charges filed. You shouldn't see any fine unless there are charges brought. If you are banned, do not go back on the premises.
This was handled internally and you caught a break. Since the police were not involved, you should not have to worry about this appearing on your record, but that could change if you trespass on their land. Don't show up at that store again. I understand that it may have been a prank, foolish as it was, but it could have been a costly one, where you could have faced up to a year in jail with a $2500 fine (Class A misdemeanor). You are fine otherwise. This will not ruin your chances of finding a job and as long as they recovered their items, they are most likely not going to fine you. Good luck!!
This response is being given by Juneitha Shambee of Shambee Law Office, Ltd., licensed to practice in Illinois and Florida. The response to this question does not in any way create an attorney-client relationship and the response should not be used as legal advice. Shambee Law Office, Ltd. advises that you seek attorney legal advice, as this is not such advice.
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