I made a big mistake i was caught changing price tags at walmart (it was less than $40)
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First of all, don't freak out. If you have no record, you shouldn't be looking at any jail time. You may even qualify for pre-trial diversion which usually entails community services hours and results in your case being dismissed upon successful completion. You will be ok.
I urge you to secure an experienced attorney so she can help you. This sort of offense is not uncommon. It is an important and valuable aim to try to maintain a clean record. It appears Walmart will want you back as a shopper once the trespass ban time has expired. Further details need to be known but your post seems to imply that you have no prior record of such an offense. Tricia Dwyer Esq.
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A theft offense can be very serious.
A theft with a value under $500 is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail. A theft with a value between $500 and $1000 is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail, and a theft with a value over $1000 is a felony with penalties that can result in prison time.
The collateral consequences of any theft can often be as serious as the criminal penalties offering a lifetime of frustration which can impact employment, renting apartments, entrance in to post-secondary education and anything that requires a background check. Accordingly, a strong defense is necessary.
If you have n prior offense, a from of community diversion may be available which keeps the offense off of your record and preserves your future.
Many lawyers offer free consultations for criminal matters. You would be wise to take advantage of such a consultation with an experienced attorney
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You'll want to get a lawyer to help you through this. You are charged with a misdemeanor crime. You absolutely do not want this on your permanent record. Hire yourself a good lawyer right away.
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The good news is there are ways to resolve this case without it resulting in a conviction. It sounds like you have a clean record, so preserving this should be the main goal (a conviction, especially for theft, can greatly limit many opportunities for you in the future). The best piece if above would be to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will be able to review all evidence and negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf.
Also, I agree that you should not post facts of your case online. These online forums are not protected and you don't want anything you type to be used against you later.
I hope you find this information helpful and I wish you the best of luck.
You should delete the above post and post such details on a public website. You should then either hire private counsel or apply for a public defender if you cannot afford an attorney. While a misdemeanor offense, this is the type of conviction that can cause real problems for a long time (e.g. employment, school opportunities, etc.)
You get a private criminal defense attorney or the public defender if you are indigent.
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