I've talked to walmart and they wont drop the charges even though they said I had none. They didn't make me pay restitution either. I'm 17 1/2 and could they try me as an adult? I only have a speeding ticket in my record. What do I do? The courts told me to talk to walmart and now they wont drop them even though they said I had none.
Ok. Time to clear a few things up.
First, Walmart doesn't decide whether to press charges or not and cannot drop charges. Those are the prosecutor's decision. If the facts were reported to the police, the best Walmart could do for you is indicate to the prosecutor they are not interested in pursuing the case. Sometimes the victim's disinterests causes the prosecutor to let it go; sometimes it does not.
Second, you will probably be in juvenile court, not adult court. Your summons should already indicate which. Transfers to adult court are generally left for the most serious offenses.
Third, you should hire an attorney. On top of the penalties, theft cases are bad news when it comes to employment.
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It is unlikely that they will charge you as an adult and based on what you have said it doesn't seem possible they could do so. Walmart doesn't control whether or not you have charges pending. That is up to the police and prosecutor. I suggest strongly that you retain an attorney to assist you in keeping this off of your record. Do not speak about this case with anyone other than your attorney. That includes Walmart and your friends.
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