What to do if I worked at a retail store and made an electronic transaction of $175 on my own store charge card account?

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What to do if I worked at a retail store and made an electronic transaction of $175 on my own store charge card account?

This was found out by loss prevention and the police were called. They took me to the station and gave me a court date for a misdemeanor. This is a first time offence, I have no criminal or civil history not even a parking ticket. I am 23 and am a great student and this was my first and only job. What are possible penalties? How likely is it that my penalty will be going to jail? And is it possible to expunge my record?

Asked on November 26, 2012 under Criminal Law, Illinois

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney about the unfortunate situation you have gotten yourself into and to see how the best way to resolve. Potentially as a first time offender you might qualify for the court's "diversion" program.

If so, then you will be required to do community service work and stay out of trouble for a certain period of time. If successful, the charge could be dismissed against you. Under "diversion" you do not go to jail. With no conviction you do not have to worry about a expunging anything.


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