It was my mother's car and the police are calling her. Is there anyway to avoid charges?
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It sounds like they never obtained your name and traced the tag number to your mom. The fact that it was her car that drove away does not prove that she shoplifted the item (which she didn't). Many stores have video and they may have a video of you taking the items.
It is a delicate situation and you need an attorney. It is impossible to say whether charges might be filed against you, but you should not talk about this with anyone except for your lawyer.
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It looks like someone is going to be charged. I think you want to make sure it is not your mother. I suggest that you meet with an experienced attorney to discuss all the relevant facts. You may be able to avoid being charged, and even if you are charged, you may avoid any permanent stain on your record. But you need a lawyer's guidance. Don't stick your head in the sand. Get counsel asap.
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My goodness, do you realize what you have done on this public forum? You need to get a private criminal defense attorney on this matter immediately, and your mother might need one too. Never post any incriminating statements on a public forum like this. There is no confidentiality here. You ask if there is a way to avoid charges. That would depend upon the facts, and I am willing to bet that they have a video tape of you as well as your mom's license plate number.
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Talk to a criminal defense lawyer now, before anything else happens. The lawyer will advise you what to do next.
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Your mother can give you up, or she can refuse to talk to the police. Whether this results in her taking a charge is hard to tell. But if they confirm she has a daughter, and you are reasonably identified by the video or an eyewitness, or perhaps items in your confiscated purse, you can still be charged. But regardless, you need legal counsel.
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No, the police are not going to drop this. You are making matters much worse by trying to avoid/evade the police investigating this matter. Hire a lawyer now who can call the police and arrange for you to accept a criminal citation for shoplifting. If this is a first offense, there's a very good chance you can enter a diversion program (community service hours) and have the charges dropped.
No one can control whether he or she is charged. You might have defenses or mitigation though. Consider a confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you cannot afford to hire one, then apply to the Office of the Public Defender.
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The longer you take to get the help of a qualified lawyer, the deeper hole you may dig yourself into.
The best way for your mother to obtain legal advice, if she wishes, is to consult a lawyer you have not consulted.
All the best to you. Jon
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