If I was caught shoplifting $38 worth of groceries but they let me go with just a ticket, can I just pay the fine and get it over with or am I facing something much more serious?

Asked on July 13, 2015 under Criminal Law, Texas


Maury Beaulier / MinnesotaLawyers.com

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

In Minnesota a theft offense can be very serious.  While any theft under $500 is a misdemeanor. Such an offense is still punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine.  The collateral consequences of a conviction can also be extremely significant and preclude a person from finding employment where background checks are performed. 
Often, if you have no prior offenses, a conviction can be avoided with a Stay of Prosecution.  A Stay of Prosecution means that the offense is never recorded on your record and stayed for a certain periofd of time to ensure that you do not have another offense.  
We can assist you in making sure that your record is not affected. 
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