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i was caugt on camera stealing i returned one item .when the store was questioning me i was lead to believe i was not going to get arrested. if wrote a statement after 2 hrs they told me i was going to jail police came i was never read my rights i was refused a phone call and never got to use the rest room..now due to this i risk losing my reg job.
Asked on June 11, 2009 under Criminal Law, New York
B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 11 years ago | Contributor
The store didn't have to read you your rights, because they're not the police. And if the police don't question you, other than getting identifying information (name, address, etc.), they don't have to read you your rights either.
You need to have a lawyer's help with this. It may be possible to get into a program that is essentially like probation, but will keep you from having a criminal record, if you have no prior offenses. One place to look for qualified defense attorneys is our website, http://attorneypages.com