A week ago I was at Walmart and took two bottles of nail polish, not going to happen again. I completely cooperated and the guy asked me to sign a paper saying that they could take my picture and put me in their database, does that mean just Walmart's database? Or a theft database that will affect me getting a job? I signed it and they took my picture. Then, he told me I should be getting a letter in the mail, but he didn't tell me when. I'm in college and have no money so i'm afraid that the fine will be too much and I wont be able to pay it. What happens then? because I cant hire an attorney to help, I don't know what to do. How much should I expect the fine to be and could I do Payments? or should I even pay the fine? will they come after me since I only took under $20 worth?
Many attorneys suggest not paying the fine. The database is likely only for Walmart stores and it is extremely unlikely this could have any impact on you getting a job. You should consider yourself lucky to not be arrested and learn from this mistake.....
You're not going to get a summons in the mail to appear in Court.
IF a criminal charge is filed the prosecuting attorney will file a charge (Information) and the Court will issue a warrant for your arrest, and you won't know about it.
IF you only get a letter from Wal-Mart then you're not going to be charged. The letter is going to demand in the neighborhood of $200.
Your picture is for Wal-Mart's database.
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Do NOT ever use the words "I shoplifted," "I took" or anything like them to anyone other than your attorney! There is a reason you have a right not to incriminate yourself - USE IT! If the State were to connect you to statements like this made to ANYONE other than your attorney, it could use them to prove your guilt. Don't help the State convict you!
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