I found a wallet at a Target store. I took the wallet with me and eventually threw it away. The owner of the wallet filed a police report and they started an investigation. They tracked me down thru surveilence videos from the store and parking lot. I gave a statement to the detectives who came to my house and now, six months later I received a summons. I have no criminal record. I never used any credit cards from said wallet. I believe there was $5 in the wallet, so I'm not sure where they are coming up with the $100 or more figure. I am scared to death that this is going to end up on my record and ruin my life. I am not a minor, but I am a soccer mom and PTA member and I am completely humiliated by this whole ordeal. Please help!
You are likely eligible for diversion to get the charge DISMISSED. my firm only practices in Pinellas County. However, the firm we trust in Orlando is the Umansky Law Firm. Give them a buzz (4072283838) to help you out. They can likely resolve your case in a way that you can have the charge sealed or expunged.
Best of luck
Hire an attorney immediately. It may be able to divert your case before it officially charged.
I know this sounds self serving but of you'd lime to speak to me I'll be happy to offer you advise.
You should indeed be eligible for diversion and get your case dismissed. You may call my office to speak with me about the program or make an appointment to come on and talk face to face about your case.
There are numerous ways to avoid a theft conviction based on the facts you provided.
In that you stated you have no criminal record and if your charges are dismissed by the state or the court prior to trial, you may be able to expunge your case and have the court order law enforcement to destroy their records.
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