I got caught stealing a sweater at the mall and the lp/police people took down my info. I didnt sign anything and they didnt call my parents. They said im banned from the mall but the lp/police guy said he didnt want to go upstairs to get the paperwork and just let me go saying im banned for a year. If they didnt give me a citation for stealing, does that mean i dont have to go to court? Im underage and its my first offense ever.
First- there is no "underage shoplifting" ...just shoplifting
Second- stay off line..,you just admitted to a crime in an open public forum. Not smart.
Third- you MAY have dodged a huge bullet since it sounds like LP MIGHT let you slidr.
Fourth- Virginia does not expunge convictions like some other states. If you are cited you need to hire a criminal defense attorney, do not delay in telling your parents.
Fifth- a civil demand letter from a law firm demanding payment may come in mail, depends on the retailer. Will come as quite a shock to your parents if you do not come clean with them beforehand.
Sixth- if you believe in karma, you owe. So pay it forward.
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you should avoid writing too many facts on this site. With that said, it sounds like you may have avoided being arrested. There's no guarantee, but certainly appears that way. I suggest you think twice before stealing again as the next time, you may end up in jail.
You can still be charged. If you are charged, you will receive notice from the court. It is a not a good idea --in fact it's really a bad idea-- to discuss personal, criminal matters online. Be prepared to call an attorney. On a personal level, you should think about letting your parents know. I'm guessing they're going to find out sooner or later. If you come clean, your parents might be more willing to help you when the time comes. Most attorneys will give you a free consultation.
Juvenile cases tend to be handled a little differently than adult cases. The charge is the same, but the process can be a little different. It may be the officer decided to take down your information so he could file a delinquency petition in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. If that's the case, your parents will be getting notice of your court date within a few weeks. You might want to mention it to them before the court does.
It is possible that the officer felt sorry for you or cut you a break and has decided not to press charges. Then again you could stll be charged and receive a summons to appear. My advice to you would be 1. Don't steal (hopefully this had scared you straight) 2. Stay out of that mall 3. Pray
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