What to do for a first offense shoplifting incident?

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What to do for a first offense shoplifting incident?

This is a first offense of poor judgement. However security also took personal none store items and never returned them. Additionally, security left a sizable bruise on my arm that’s black and blue. I was sited and released with a ticket to appear in court in 2 weeks. The amount was never stated but I think they said $200 (I don’t know if they are counting in my personal items). I’d like to keep my record clean. The store did get their products back. Will my record stay clean? What is the fine going to be? The security said bring cash of the amount stolen to court to pay.

Asked on March 17, 2011 under Criminal Law, Connecticut

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Shoplifting is a criminal offense.  Accordingly you should have legal representation in this matter.  An experienced defense lawyer might be able to get the charge dismissed on a technicality or at least get it reduced.  Also, since you are a first-time offender, a criminal law attorney may also be able to arrange for "diversion" which is an alternative sentencing program whereby you will plead guilty to the charge, receive a special probation, and upon its successfulcompletion the charge will be withdrawn and yourr case will be dismissed.  Additionally, at this is one of your concerns, your record should be automatically cleared. 

Note:  Diversion is only allowed for a first offense.  This means that if you get into trouble again, it will not be available for you regarding any subsequent charge(s).  That's why if you get an attorney and the get the your case dismissed, you will be eligible for diversion in the future if you should need it.


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