Yesterday I had the biggest case of absent mindedness and bad luck I have ever had. I went to Walmart and left my family with an adult in the car it was supposed to be an in and out type of thing. I grabbed toothbrushes and tossed a pack of shampoo in my cart. As I am walking through the store I must have thought that the toothbrushes were my cellphone and I pushed them in my purse (this is my best guess) and the stinking shampoo actually fell inside my shopping bag that I carry not to take any plastic bags home. In the mean time my husband called saying that it was time to pick him up and I started to hurry I got milk and started to look rapidly for another type of milk remember my grandma and I hurried even more not thinking and I was stopped and put in a room what happens now?
Were you charged with shoplifting? If so then you need to hire a lawyer to keep this off your record. If this is a first offense you should be able to come out of this unscathed.
You need to hire an attorney quickly. If this is a first offense, you should be able to get into a diversion program.
You can find highly rated criminal defense attorneys using the "Find a Lawyer" tab on Avvo's website. Good luck.
I recommend you refrain from posting your version of events on a publicly accessible website. Although your post is anonymous, you've provided so much detail & information that it wouldn't be too hard for an enterprising prosecutor to sort it out. Speak only with a lawyer about this. While you may think your absentmindedness is some sort of defense or explanation, I can assure you the prosecutor will look at it like nothing more than a bad excuse. Hire a lawyer to protect yourself.
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Were you arrested? If so, or if you were given a notice to appear by the police, you need to get a criminal defense attorney on your side now.
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Were you charged with petit theft? If so, then you should hire an attorney immediately. The prosecutor handling the case will likely not be swayed by your "I forgot I put it there" argument. While we know mistakes happen the State of Florida will push for a conviction. I would also suggest that you not post the facts of the case on any public forum. Depending on the value of the item(s) you could be facing a first or second degree misdemeanor.
Wow I am so sorry to hear about this. We all get absent minded from time to time. Unfortunately when it happens at a store it can lead to an arrest or a charge of theft that can impact your future. Please call a lawyer in the Orlando area and see if you can hire someone to help you. i will post some information in a link if you would like to further getting information.
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