What will happen if my 62 year old friend was caught cutting tags and changing prices at a clothing store?

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What will happen if my 62 year old friend was caught cutting tags and changing prices at a clothing store?

When she was leaving the store, security stopped her and asked her back into the store. Because the amount of the items was small, the police officer who came to the store said it was considered petty theft. After being questioned by the police and store security, she walked out of the store and was told that she will have to appear in court at a later date. Since this is her first offense and she does not have a criminal record, I would like to know what she should expect.

Asked on June 29, 2013 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

Tricia Dwyer / Tricia Dwyer Esq & Associates PLLC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Hello. Your friend should have attorney assistance right away. As well as needing to address the criminal court matter, there is a great deal of potential collateral damage that will emanate from such a charge. Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will confer initially at no charge. Then, if legal work is performed, some attorneys will provide a reduced fee for financial hardship. Some attorneys may also assist you in limited scope manner to conserve legal costs. All the best.


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