I got caught shoplifting ($25) from target and the LP didn't call the police. He gave me the option to pay for the merchandise and told me this was a "get out of jail free" card. He was telling me what could've been (all the fines and court, felony, etc) and at one point he mentioned it being a civil misdemeanor, but I was obviously not in a good state of mind and I don't remember if that was actually going on my record or not. I didn't sign any forms, and a few days later I got a letter with a $150 fine from target (it was payed to a new York location). My question is, if I didn't sign any forms or receive a ticket, is it going on my record? I am going to school for nursing and would hate for this mistake to ruin my life.
First of all, never place incriminating confessions online like the one above. They never disappear and may be used against you in a criminal case if it gets to that point.
Secondly, if the merchant has taken down your identity and documented the loss it may elect to enter your name into the National Retail Theft Database.
Finally, do not make any contact with the merchant, make any concessions or admissions or pay any amounts. IF you have further questions, discuss them in person with a licensed counsel.
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