I was not pushing the shopping cart. I had made a phone call to my friend who was in his vehicle parked on the other side of the parking lot. I was just speaking with him about stuff regarding work. My buddy with the cart was behind me 15-20 feet. I walked out of the store to the truck with nothing in purchased. I proceed to th3 vehicle and stood there. When my buddy arrived we loaded the stuff in the bed of the truck and got in. A man came up and said he was an off duty cop to get out of the truck. We all got out and waitEd for the store workers to come out and then another 10 for the police to arrive. (2 cop cars). We all get questioned aside and then arrested. Not read my rights. I did not admit to anything about the crime. And have never been in trouble before. What do I do
At this point your best bet is to retain an attorney to represent you on the theft charges. As you may know, theft convictions have detrimental effects on employment, school, etc. You may have a defense - i suggest sitting down with an attorney, explaining your situation in greater detail
And discussing options and possible outcomes. Many of us offer free consultations.
As an aside, being read miranda rights only is important if you are arrested and then subject to interrogation after you are arrested.
While every theft case is different, they are all similar in one respect: serious consequences. Remaining silent was the right move, now here are some more: Step 1 for you is stop talking about facts of the case on a public forum. Step 2 is to hire a reputable and hard working criminal defense attorney to represent you and keep this off your record. Many of us offer free consultations. Call a few lawyers, meet with them, then hire one you believe can help. Best of luck.
As the others mentioned, you need to consult with an attorney. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is enough to at least get you charged a lot of times. See the Waco biker incident for proof of that. Whether it sticks later on is a different story.
I am not your attorney and you are not my client. There is no attorney-client relationship formed by this general Q&A discussion on the internet. Any discussions that do take place on this forum are to be taken generally. I am not providing advice. No matter what the situation or circumstances, it is always prudent to hire an attorney and discuss this matter more in depth with them.
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