I got caught shoplifting in JCPenny for $300. They took my fingerprints and I got handcuffed and had my mugshot taken. They said I’ll have to go to court and what’s going to happen ?
You are likely being charged with Retail Theft as a Misdemeanor of the First Degree, which has a maximum penalty of 5 years in jail. Depending on your prior criminal history, you may be eligible for a first time offender's program. You will have a preliminary hearing scheduled within the next month. The purpose of this hearing is to determine if there is sufficient evidence for the charges to go forward to the trial court. You should contact an attorney immediately to discuss your options for this hearing. Most attorneys offer free consultations. I wish you the best of luck with this matter.
You are going to receive a summons in the mail. You need to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
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It sounds like you will be charged with retail theft via summons. The paperwork will be mailed to you and it will have your first court date. I would strongly suggest contacting an attorney upon receipt of the paperwork so you can be represented on the case. Many attorneys on this website offer free initial consultations. Best of luck.
The above is a general answer but should not be considered specific legal advice for your case. It is in your best interest to contact a qualified attorney to discuss the particular facts of your individual situation.
I agree with Mr. Burdett. You are facing criminal charges and you should retain a local attorney to assist you. Good luck!
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