What to do if I’m being charged with shoplifting in the first degree and have never been in any kind of trouble before?

I was arrested on Saturday, I spent the night in jail, over a stupid $15 necklace. I didn’t leave the store, I was just walking around with it. I wont lie, I thought about, I did. I’m 23, I should know better, I had it in my pocket. I didn’t leave. They tapped me on the shoulder asked me were it was I gave it back, they didn’t lose any money. I offered to pay for it, plus another one to cover any losses they may have had. They said no and have me arrested. I’ve never done anything like this before. I’m a business major; I’m trying to start a business; I can’t have a record.

Asked on November 2, 2011 under Criminal Law, South Carolina

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have been arrested for shoplifting and have an upcoming court hearing, you really should consult with a criminal defense attorney to represent you in this matter.

You have plans on starting a business and the last thing you need is a criminal conviction if you can help it for the charge that you are presently facing. Potentially the retention of a criminal defense attorney may assist in resolving the charges against you where the result would be court probation and if successful, the charge could be dismissed.

Good luck.


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