I was arrested for retail fraud(shoplifting). I am currently 14 and an illegal immigrant. I was caught stealing around 25$ worth of merchandise (headphones and a candy bar). They took me down to the station and took finger prints and all that standard procedure. They told me I would receive a letter in the mail giving me further instructions on what to do. I know I will most likely have a court date. This is my first offense ever. I am obviously a juvenile.
You are obviously a juvenile. Why are you committing crimes. The likelihood of you staying in this country is significantly diminished if you are a criminal! You may get a pass on this one but in a little while you will be an adult, facing adult criminal charges and deportation. I suggest you decide now to live a better life. That has worked out quite well for millions of immigrants.
In answering this question, it is not intended that an attorney-client relationship is formed and the information is for general reference only. I am licensed in Michigan and Florida and offer no legal advice outside of those states.
I agree with counsel. You really need to decide to reform your actions. There is no definite answer here other than to say that retail fraud is a crime of moral turpitude that can jeopardize your status here as a non citizen. There are deferral programs that do not result in a conviction for state law purposes, but these programs do nothing for immigration purposes--they count as a conviction and make you deportable.
You really need an attorney who knows both criminal defense and immigration law.
Immigration law begins with your status. You are not in the US legally. So based on your status, you could be deported at any time. When you commit a crime and are in the US illegally, you can be deported. It may not happen automatically. If convicted, you could simply be placed on probation or pay a fine. However the consequence for residency may be severe. You may be denied future green card, residency, work visa, etc. you should hire an immigration attorney to discuss all of these things.
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