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Shoplifting $175 I'm 16 years old

Discussion in 'Juvenile Crime, Law & Court' started by Celia, Jul 19, 2012.

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  1. Celia

    Celia Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I'm 16 years old. I was caught shoplifting at Kmart today, merchandise of around 175 dollars of value, police was involved.
    The police took down info, took my fingerprints, picture. I was told to go to the court in 2 months.
    1. This is not my first time shoplifting at that store, but first time getting caught, I actually went in the same store to shoplift yesterday, so should I say the truth in court? Wold that make the situAtion worse? If I lie, about it, would the store provide CCTV of me shoplifting?
    2. If I can't afford a lawyer, one will me appointed for me at court?
    3. How much is the fine likely to be? And civil demand? Basically how much money should I expect to pay?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Before you do anything, I suggest you speak with your parents or guardians.

    You are a minor.

    If things are as you say, and you were FINGERPRINTED, your rights may have been violated.

    In California, a minor (YOU) can only be fingerprinted pursuant to a felony arrest or detention.

    (Fingerprinting and photographing of a juvenile who is taken into temporary custody for the commission of a felony offense is expressly authorized pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 626.)

    I suggest you say NOTHING further on this subject, until you have advised your parents.

    They are authorized by law to direct your actions.

    You are a legal incompetent.

    When you appear in court, plead NOT guilty, and ask for a lawyer.
    Actually, your parents will do that for you.
    Finally, if you have half a brain, stay the heck out of all stores.
    Why?
    The next time, you may not be allowed to go home.
    You are developing a pattern that can cause you great trouble.


     
  3. shrinkmaster

    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    1. This is not my first time shoplifting at that store, but first time getting caught, I actually went in the same store to shoplift yesterday, so should I say the truth in court? Wold that make the situAtion worse? If I lie, about it, would the store provide CCTV of me shoplifting? (Unless your charged with multiple tyhefts keep your mouth shut)
    2. If I can't afford a lawyer, one will me appointed for me at court? (Even if yoou cannot afford an Attorney you may request one. In addition many Lawyers offer free consultations I suggest you get as many as you can. Arm yourself with knowledge)
    3. How much is the fine likely to be? And civil demand? Basically how much money should I expect to pay?
    Thanks in advance! (Your criminal fine will probably be less than $500.00 you may be asked to take classes that too will have a cost. Your civil fine could be as much as $500.00 or more depending on how CA civil demand law reads
     
  4. Celia

    Celia Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I already advised my parents.
    So if they already took my fingerprint, does that mean it was felony?
     
  5. Celia

    Celia Law Topic Starter New Member

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    So I may request an attorney at court? I should wait until court? Or should I start looking for attorneys now?
     
  6. shrinkmaster

    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    Start calling Attorneys now and get consultations! Answer no Police, DA or store questions
     
  7. Celia

    Celia Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Forgot to mention, and I think it's critical to my case---- I'm not a us citizen, I've had my green card for approximately a year now. What could this do to my immigration status? Will I be deported? Will I be denied citizenship later on?
     
  8. shrinkmaster

    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    YES this can have an impact on your status here so you really need to talk to a lawyer!
     
  9. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    Had I been the officer that came to the store and I knew everything you say here, I would likely have arrested you for felony burglary.
    You need to stop talking about this. You do not need a lawyer- your parents do. You will likely make things worse if you try to handle this on your own.
     

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