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I was charged by Macy's loss prevention for shoplifting a $30 shirt. They did not want to call the police and simply wanted to get my drivers license to bill me a $425 fine. But I panicked and my heart was racing and I concealed the license from them and told them I'm from out of country. They then called the police, an officer came, read me my rights, got my thumbprint, gave me a citation with a court appearance date and let me go. I have never had a criminal history and I'm completely stressed out and unable to sleep knowing that now I will have a permanent criminal record. I'm contemplating dark thoughts. What is my best course of action during the first court appearance? Should I contact loss prevention and try and have them sympathize with me and try and get charges dropped?Thank you for the responses. Is there a way to have the arrest record sealed and destroyed as I had initially came willingly with the loss prevention individual and security guard? I have not appeared in court yet as this incident happened recently. I'm so very distraught...
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