If Iwas arrested for shoplifting and have a green card, what shouldI be doing and what are my chances not to get my records marked?

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If Iwas arrested for shoplifting and have a green card, what shouldI be doing and what are my chances not to get my records marked?

I was caught taking out 2 bags (items valued for less than $170). I panicked. I was taken to the back room and searched. In my bag there were some other new stuff with no receipt. It was not from the store. When asked how I can justify having them I said I was returning them to another store. He assumed I stole them too. While filing the report the details of only 2 bags were taken. They made me sign the papers. I did not have a chance to reed them. then I was taken away by police. As I do not have any criminal record they released me giving a CAT.

Asked on January 29, 2012 under Criminal Law, Alaska

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have been arrested for shoplifitng and are in the United States with a valid green card, you run the risk of having the green card status terminated if convicted of the charges you are writing about. As such, I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney to assist you in your defense concerning the shoplifting charges.

Since this may be your first offense, the court may put you on probation where if you stay out of trouble during the probationary period the court may then dimiss the charges against you.


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