If I shoplifted and stole about $80 worth of clothing, do I need a lawyer if I am going to plead guilty at court?

Loss prevention caught me and I confessed everything to them , but they had to call the cops because I was not carrying ID on me. The police officer questioned me and I confessed to him as well, and then the police officer gave me a court date for about a month from now. They told me that the store may send me a fine, if I pay the fine , do I still have to appear at court?

Asked on February 10, 2015 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

Arkady Bukh / Bukh Law Firm, P.C.

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you will need to report to court on the date given to you and faces the charge in court.  It would be wise for you to  have an attorney with you and not to speak wit the police without your attorney present, especially since you say you confesseed. 

The store will send you a demand for repayment of the amount stolen plus extra amount.  They will usually not pursue this in civil court as the amount is too small for them to do that.  This is a totally different thing from any fine the criminal court  may give you.

Bruce Provda / Provda Law Firm

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The case may be dismissed on your first appearance, however, it's still a court apperance. Please read more about shoplifting laws.


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