I made a stupid rash decision to shoplift at a local grocery chain.. About $30 worth.. I left and never got stoped by anyone but two employees were watching me leave and were in the window as I pulled away in my car. They could have gotten my license plate.. should I call a lawyer.. scared and panicking.
You are right, that was dumb. Hopefully, you will never do anything like that ever again. Now call a criminal defense attorney in your area. Avvo is an excellent source for helping you to locate well qualified experienced criminal defense attorney in your area. Best wishes.
Yes, you could be prosecuted for this criminal act. Do not make any further statements that may be used against you in prosecuting this matter. You should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney to review this and privately advise you on this matter. You can find an attorney through their Avvo profiles. Best of luck!
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The store has two options, even assuming that they did get your license plate (which is a guess). They could ignore it, if they believe that what you stole was minimal and not worth pursuing. Or they could give the information (license plate) to the police. The police will go to court on Monday and file an Application for a Complaint. The court will send you a notice to appear for a Clerk-Magistrate's hearing. At that time the clerk will decide if there is sufficient evidence to issue the complaint against you. Maybe there is, maybe there is not? The clerk can also ask you if you would be willing to pay back the store if he agrees not to issue the complaint. If you are too scared to go alone, you can hire an attorney. You are not eligible for a court appointed attorney unless and until the complaint officially issues.
I would recommend with full sincerity that you not make anymore statements about this issue and call an attorney immediately.
You might. It depends on the store and whether they think it is worth their time and energy to go after shoplifters even when the amount is relatively small. You should however stop talking about this. If you are scared about being prosecuted, you can have a lawyer contact the store and try to resolve it prior to any Court process. That might give you some piece of mind.
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