Retail Theft Ticket: 19 year old student

I was caught stealing a bottle of alcohol from Copp’s Food grocery store and given a retail theft ticket. I am 19 years old and have a underage drinking ticket. Is there any possibility for me to remove this theft ticket from my record? I am willing to do just about anything (law abiding of course). My court date is not mandatory, but should I seek legal assistance if I decide to attend this court date? Thank you.

Asked on July 2, 2009 under Criminal Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area of the law.  You should get a lawyer to help you here if you can afford it.  You can probably get this dismissed by doing some community service or paying some kind of charitable donation in the store's name.  If this is your first offense, sometimes, the state will give you the benefit of the doubt.  However, you need to take this seriously.  this may also have some effect on your driver's license being that you were underage.  I suggest seeing a lawyer immediately.

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area of the law.  You should get a lawyer to help you here if you can afford it.  You can probably get this dismissed by doing some community service or paying some kind of charitable donation in the store's name.  If this is your first offense, sometimes, the state will give you the benefit of the doubt.  However, you need to take this seriously.  this may also have some effect on your driver's license being that you were underage.  I suggest seeing a lawyer immediately.


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