What will happend ifI shoplifited an $8 item andI have to go to court?

UPDATED: Jan 31, 2012

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What will happend ifI shoplifited an $8 item andI have to go to court?

I just want to know what will happend its my first offense and I’m freaking out. I don’t know why I did it.

Asked on January 31, 2012 under Criminal Law, Missouri


Matthew Brissenden / Matthew Brissenden

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It depends on how your local jurisdiction handles such case.  In my area, many courts have shoplifter diversion programs, which allow first time offenders to avoid a criminal record.

I would recommend that you talk to a local attorney to see if there are any similar options available to you.

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