Shoplifting at 17
Get Legal Help Today
Secured with SHA-256 Encryption
Shoplifting at 17
Today in target I stole 3 false lashes, two eyeliners, and a necklace. The items that
were stolen all lead up to be 62.00 dollars. The store’s security came and
stopped me, they said that since I’m 17 living in Texas I am considered an adult.
They didn’t hand cuff me, they gave me a citation and said that I can’t come back.
So now I have to go to court within 30 days since this is my first offense and
shoplifting what can I expect in court and will I need an attorney.
Asked on March 17, 2017 under Criminal Law, Texas
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
A shoplifting charge is a criminal offense, therefore you should try to get legal representation. An experienced criminal defense lawyer might be able to get the charge dismissed on a technicality. Even if that's not possible, you can ask for "diversion" (or your state's equivalent) which is an alternative sentencing program. With such a program, you will plead guilty, receive a special probation, and upon its successfully completion the charge will be withdrawn and your case will be dismissed. Typically, your record will automatically be cleared (however, in some states you may have to apply to get your record "expunged"). That having been said, diversion is allowed for a first offense only. What this means is that if you againget into trouble, it will not be available to you. That's why if you get an attorney who can get your case dismissed, you'll be eligible for diversion in the future should you ever need it.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.