What to do about a shoplifting incident?

UPDATED: Feb 21, 2012

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What to do about a shoplifting incident?

Hello! I got caught shoplifting about $15 worth of books 2 weeks ago however my fine still hasn’t come. The police were not called; they just took me to the back room to take my picture and get my personal information. They told me they would send me a fine but I was too shaken up to ask them the specifics of the fine (when and how much the fine would be). I haven’t received anything yet and am super paranoid that they will call the police on me later. Is this possible (calling the police after the crime was committed)? Should I call them to ask when they’ll send the fine or was it just an intimidation tactic?

Asked on February 21, 2012 under Criminal Law, California


Hong Shen / Roberts Law Group

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You do not know what is going to happen so just wait. But remember the lesson you learned this time and do not ever do it again.

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