Wife and I was shopping all that day and I had looked at several other stores for my item to no avail. I had the item i was replacing from home with me to make sure i found the correct replacement item. Well i was tired and this was our last stop and i figured i would just remember this time and wouldn't have to carry it in. Well my wife was browsing and we were in the store for what seemed like forever and after having brought several different versions of the item to her at various places i thought i found what i was after but wasn't sure. well after walking around with her for forever i just decided i was going to wait and not get it, however i never sat the item back down thinking in my head it was the one i brought in. 1 step after checkout-- ARRESTED
While that may be a plausible explanation for why you had an item you did not purchase in your possession, you would best be served retaining local criminal defense counsel to maximize your chances to have these charges dismissed.
Hire local defense counsel asap. As my colleague mentions your explanation is plausible. Theft requires an element of intent and forgetfulness is not intent to permanently deprive. Having said that, I have heard this defense asserted many times and it seems to rarely work. You definitely need to hire a local defense attorney right away.
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You need lawyer. I don't know if you have charges pending in Kansas City Municipal or not. I use to work there. You need a better defense. I don't believe it will get you very far at 1101 Losust.
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