So I was caught shoplifting at target. I didn’t steal much, it was under 20-30 dollars max. They asked if I was 18 and I lied and said no, that I was 17. But they asked me for my address and name, and my birthdate, meaning that they will probably know that I lied and am actually 18. I’m freaking out. Will I go to jail? Do I have to pay the fine? What are the chances that the matter will worsen if I don’t pay?
If the cops were not called, you’re probably in the clear. And no you should not Pay the fine, just stay away from that store.
For future reference, giving the police a false identification is a crime that is more serious than the crime of shoplifting itself. Shoplifting something under $50.00 generally is a crime that allows a deferred entry of judgment to where it can be totally removed from your record. Giving false identification to a police officer is a misdemeanor that can be punished up to a year in jail (even though it is usually not punished that severely). Stay away from that store.
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