What to do if yesterday I was caught shoplifting at a store?

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What to do if yesterday I was caught shoplifting at a store?

First time ever’ no criminal history whatsoever. Personal issues led me to think I would get a natural high from this so I did it. (not making excuses, stating facts) I was taken to a back room, surrendered what I had taken without any difficulty and was cooperative. The merchandise totaled $48. I signed a paper stating that the items listed were what I took, they took my picture and stated I was caught on camera. They did not contact the police and gave me a no-trespass order for that location. Then they walked me out of the store after stating I would receive a bill for everything plus a fine for their time. Could I still be charged criminally? I read not to pay this fine, should I?

Asked on September 23, 2013 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

Tricia Dwyer / Tricia Dwyer Esq & Associates PLLC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Hello. I urge you not to post details of this matter on a public website and to confer privately with an attorney licensed in your state. This sort of legal help is known as 'pre charge' criminal defense. Know that generally: Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will speak 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 a limited scope manner to conserve legal costs. All the best.

 

 

 

TRICIA DWYER, ESQ.

 

Tricia Dwyer, Esq & Associates PLLC

 

Phone: 612-296-9666

 

365 Days of the Year until 8 p.m. daily

 

dwyer.tricia@gmail.com

 

http://dwyerlawfirm.net

Minnesota Law Firm

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: MINNESOTA

ADULT - JUVENILE

PRE-CHARGE CRIMINAL DEFENSE: MINNESOTA

THEFT - SHOPLIFTING LAW: MINNESOTA

Tricia Dwyer / Tricia Dwyer Esq & Associates PLLC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Hello. I urge you not to post details of this matter on a public website and to confer privately with an attorney licensed in your state. This sort of legal help is known as 'pre charge' criminal defense. Know that generally: Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will speak 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 a limited scope manner to conserve legal costs. All the best.

 

 

 

TRICIA DWYER, ESQ.

 

Tricia Dwyer, Esq & Associates PLLC

 

Phone: 612-296-9666

 

365 Days of the Year until 8 p.m. daily

 

dwyer.tricia@gmail.com

 

http://dwyerlawfirm.net

Minnesota Law Firm

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: MINNESOTA

ADULT - JUVENILE

PRE-CHARGE CRIMINAL DEFENSE: MINNESOTA

THEFT - SHOPLIFTING LAW: MINNESOTA


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