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A victim may report a crime to law enforcement, even if the perpetrator has left. However, in many instances, if a crime is going to be reported, the victim may often choose to do so on the spot. If a victim reports a crime at a later time, the evidence may or may not be as strong. However, the police may still investigate the matter and an individual may be arrested and charged if the evidence supports a finding that hte individual reported a crime. A defendant doesn't have to say anything without an attorney present. If you are contacted by law enforcement, you will want to have your attorney present for any discussions. Your attorney can work with you to ensure that you don't make any statements which might later be used against you.
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I'm waiting for the answer please....
I was caught shoplifting at target store. The Target detective aproached me and told me that I was caught on tape before. I paid for the items that I had a the moment with me and he let me go saying "do not come back to this or any target store ever again" then he followed me out to the parking lote and wrote my license plate on a piece of paper without my consentment and left. Tha police was not involved. However, Should I be concerned of the police showing up at my door? I'm sacared to death, I don't need to steal anything, I did it for the rush of it. That was stupid, I've done it three times only and I'm DONE. Please let me know what to do.
Should I talk to an attorney locally now? or should I wait and see of they pursue action?
My last question is: I'm leaving on vacation in 2 weeks out of the country. Can they prohibit me from traveling out of the States? I'm a US citizen, and traveling for business to south america and Europe. And if they decide to cite me to court and I'm out of the country, would that be a problem?
Until and unless someone has been charged with a crime, he may typically travel freely and do as he pleased. If charged with a crime, an individual can potentially even be refused bail and detained (if the court believes the individual is a flight risk), though that won't usually happen for minor issues. If the state seeks to question an individual who is out of the country or charge such a person with a minor crime, the state will usually simply have to wait until the individual returns. That shouldn't usually create any complications as long as the person isn't attempting to evade.