I was never read my Miranda rights. I was told I wasn't arrested, but just given a citation.
The violation code was 23030
Charge 1: TBUT OR DISP SHOPLIFTING
Listed suspect observed by Macy's loss prevention removing and switching tags from multiple jewelry items. And placing items in and on the containers of less expensive and sale items. Making expensive items appear to cost much less. Suspect paid reduced prices for regular priced items. Suspect paid $163.58 for $732. worth of merchandise, depriving Macy's of $568.42 worth of sales. Officer is not a witness to offense.
Two store employees listed as witness 1 and witness 2.
Store video shows a whole person,but zooming in on my hands as they did, did not show what I was holding. I was removing jewlery from the card to try it on and was having difficulty since I have rheumatoid arthritis in my hands. I suppose that is why they claim that I was yanking price tags off the jewelry. They cannot see something I did not do, but their imaginations are filling in what will support their claims. The items that I chose to purchase all had clearance tags on them and were all on a clearance table (which was a jumble of tangled jewelry, tags, etc.). If things on that table were incorrectly marked, it was not of my doing.
I feel I was targeted because I move slowly, as a result of my injuries. Moreover, walk bent over at about a 75 degree angle because of my back. So, my slow jerky movements and odd position caught their attention. And they wrote the script from that point on. Let me know if you need further info.
Two more questions....
1) What are the likely fines for a lesser misdemeanor? And what would that misdemeanor be?
2) How much will an attorney likely cost to represent me?
If this is considered such a serious felony, why was I not arrested?
Is the fact that I have had nothing more than a speeding ticket my entire life, help me?
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