i shoplifted $130.00 worth of things. i have no prior arrests or have been in any trouble. i am 59 yaers old.
An experienced attorney may be able to get you into a diversionary program, that will keep if from getting onto your record. Typically, the charges get dropped and the arrest can be expunged from your record IF you stay out of trouble for a certain period of time. This is unique to first-time non-violent offenders. This is worth exploring with an attorney's assistance of course.
Michael L. Doyle
It is possible, and likely, to just get a fine for a first offense shoplifting if the merchandise was valued at less than $150.
However, although this charge seems minor, another charge would be a misdemeanor and you would mostly likely receive probation if found guilty. A third charge would be a felony and you would likely face some jail time if found guilty.
You should contact an attorney so he or she can help you determine the best course of action. You may be able to be accepted into a diversionary program that would allow you to keep this off your record.
Further, I don't know all the details in your case, and please don't post them online. But just because you may think you are guilty does not mean you actually are. Contact an attorney, at least for a free consultation.
My response to your question is a generic response and should not be construed as controlling to your case. I can not effectively advise about your case without knowing all the facts. Additionally, my response does not create an attorney-client relationship. You can contact my office to schedule an appointment if you would like to have me represent you.
Generally you would be looking at a fine but there is a diversionary program available as well as the possibility if you pay court costs and behave for a few months the charges can be withdrawn. Make sure you either pay the resitution to the store before you go to cvourt or have the money woth you at the court hearing. The best thing to do is invest in a lawyer.
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