Yesterday at target I made a really dumb mistake by shoplifting, the items I took were makeup and a necklace which all added up to be $62.00. They stopped me at the door, the police were already there from a person earlier that was caught stealing. The people that stopped me was security, they took me to the office and they questioned me. The two police officers came back they didn't send me to the station but thy did say since I'm 17 living in Texas I am considered an adult. The police officer wrote me a citation, he didn't say anything about summoning me things, he just gave me a blue "over the desk" citation. He told me I couldn't come back to the store, I regret this mistake badly I'm a good kid. I attend school never skipping class, I also make good grades. This is my first offense and I'm worried what the judge will say to me. Any ideas??
Yes, do you plead guilty, not guilty or no contest?
You really need to consult with a Criminal Defense attorney who may just get your case dismissed this is not a diy.
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You could be looking at jail time. Even though it's your first offense, this is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine up to $2,000. You need to speak with a criminal defense attorney ASAP.
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Theft Under $100 is a Class C misdemeanor and you are possibly facing a fine of up to $500 and a conviction for theft on your record. Even though you're not facing jail time, any level of theft is considered a crime of "moral turpitude" and a conviction can be used later on to increase the punishment for future arrests. Your best bet for possibly avoiding a conviction would be to hire a criminal defense attorney in your area to represent you. You don't want to take the chance of ruining your good record by trying to take care of this yourself. Good luck!
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