Hello,My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am an experienced criminal lawyer.The manager is probably not trying to scare you. If he has your information and turns it over to the police, you will either get a summons in the mail or the police can come and arrest you. While in many instances people get arrested at the time of the incident, that's not the way it has to go. The store has until the statute of limitations runs out on the offense to have you charged before the matter would be considered too old to be prosecuted. In Texas, that would be 2 years from the incident.If you don't have a criminal record, chances are the police are not going to come for you, but you'll get something in the mail. And, of course, it's possible that the store was trying to scare you, but it's not as likely. So no news is good news, and the longer the time goes on, the less likely it is that you'll be arrested, but you do have to take what the store said seriously. It may be a good time to look for a criminal lawyer. YOu don't have to hire one yet, but you do want to have a phone number ready just in case.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).