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I am an international student and i did shoplifting in on of

HiI am an international student and i did shoplifting in on of the cvs cvs stores and i got caught . I said i coule pay for that cuz i put the item by accident in the bag as I bought other items too . But they said no all i need is your id but i gave my friends id who didn't look like me at all but they got it . Take a copy and i was left free . A month later she received a letter to pay a fine and appear on the court . Dhe made the claim that it wasn't her and now the claim is closed . They asked her if she knew me and she said no . What happens next can they find me ?

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Phillips Esq.

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My 21 year old son was arrested from a Walmart. s

My 21 year old son was arrested for theft from a Walmart. His explanation is that his girlfriend had called in a panic because their dog was choking. He rushed with his shopping cart that had about $150-$200 merchandise toward the exit to get better phone service to hear her. A store employee stopped him at the exit doors - he was outside the interior doors, but inside the exterior doors, where an employee checks your receipt. He explained he hadn't paid yet. The employee took him back in and said things like "you're just like my son, you won't get away with this." They called the police and my son received a summons. I know that my son really does have very poor phone service, and I know that he regularly shops at Walmart and I've seen several receipts from that store. He has also never been accused of theft or shoplifting.He is going to appear in court and has an opportunity to talk to the City Prosecutor. We have been told that he may get an offer to plea. My questions:How do we request a copy of any evidence they have - such as video from a camera at Walmart's? What other information should we try to obtain? My son cannot afford an attorney, but he doesn't want to accept a plea when he is innocent of the intent to steal - although legally - did he "steal" because he took his cart past the checkout without paying? What are the likely plea deals they may offer? What is his chance of gaining leniency from the judge if he pleads not guilty without an attorney?

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TJ, Esq.

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I shopped at Walmart today, and bought about $25 worth of

I shopped at Walmart today, and bought about $25 worth of merchandise. I picked up a $4 pack of pens, then proceeded to buy my other groceries. I went to produce to pick up some fruit, bagged them, then decided I didn't want them, and left the bags in the cart. I threw the bags over the pens by accident. I went to a self checkout, paid for everything else, but never saw the pens because the bag was covering them. I found out once I got to my car that I didn't pay for the $4 pens. The alarm never went off. It's been an hour and nobody's knocking on my door. My questions are: A. What are the chances that Walmart will find out if the alarms never went off? B. If they did find out, how would they catch me if I never come back? C. If I argue that it was an accident because the fruit bags were covering the small pack of $4 pens, will they let me go? D. If I do get charged, what are the penalties, and how long will this take to come off my record? E. Should I return and pay for the $4 pens, or will that just be turning myself in?

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William B. Esq.

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My relative was arrested yesterday (total around $150). She

My relative was arrested yesterday for shoplifting (total around $150). She is not poor at all and had no reason to steal but she went to the store picked up few items she liked wanted to pay for it but out of a sudden decided to press the elevator button to go out instead of going to the cash register which is just next to (after) the elevator with the items in her bag. She is an immigrant student (experienced professional outside the US) works part time and lives with her sister so no personal expenses at all. Her sister is paying her college fee too that she will have to return with no deadline, so no interest no stress of paying high interest an deadline. Its unbelievable what happened there.She could have walked to the cash register (that she told she was planning to with items in her bag....) after she prssed the elevator button she wanted to fix her thought of leaving and then pay for the items and then leave but before she could do that tore security folks came by and asked her to come with them. When she told them she was going to pay for the items they didn't believe and sad she was lying. They also said they have on Camara that she shoplifted in April. Not sure if that happened or if they have that coverage that shows clearly she left without paying or they are just saying that. She had 4 tops and 2 dresses in the bag... I am sure she would have paid...she also said she was going up at the entrance to meet her sister as she was coming to the store to see the items she had selected with the baby and there is no cell phone signal at all in the store. She was shocked when she saw police their in 5 minutes and they didn't let her call her sister. They arrested her and told her she will have to go the police station first and then only she can call anyone. So this was all the bizzare incident.She is an immigrant student spending loads of money on her masters doing a part time job at the same university, no reason for stealing, what would you suggest should be the next step. She was released in less than 2 hours with a desk appearance ticket for Aug 11th. I she is found or proved guilty it's going to impact her whole life negatively and all the effort and hard work she has done till date will go waste due to this incident. This obviously is a first time arrest and we are hoping to get a dismissal and sealing of records so that this doesn't show up on her background check while applying for jobs or green card etc. Please suggest the best way to get the dismissal and sealing of record as if never happened.This has to be sealed/ plunged (not allowed in NYC) so sealed else her life is ruined. need detailed response / help ASAP with step by step process we should follow and anything you want to tell us to make the case stronger for dismissal.

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Albert Marmero

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It was totally misunderstanding i was arrested. took

it was totally misunderstanding i was arrested for shoplifting. took fingerprints and photo. and cops told i will get court desk notice to appear. but i did not got any notice since one month.and i went to India by taking advice of attorney. will there be any problems at port of entry. because the case is still pending i did not get court notice to appear. is there any chances to deport me. whether my case is filed or not in the courtplease any one help me i am so nervous

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KJL LAW

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I had a misdemeanor 8 years ago. I did not go to court or

I had a misdemeanor 8 years ago for shoplifting. I did not go to court or get fine. I went to an 8 hour class and got a certificate for completing that class. Will this be on my record?

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Hammer O'Justice

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My disabled girlfriend was arrested at Walmart. She suffers

My disabled girlfriend was arrested at Walmart for shoplifting. She suffers many things including PTSD. She had an issue at self scan and could not figure out the issue. Twice, the attendant came and cleared the unit with the store ID. On her way out, she was stopped for two packages of sauce mix, retail total $2.98, not paid for and arrested. She had no idea there was an issue as she thought what was the problem was resolved but the attendant. She has a public defender. Walmart wants 10 days in jail period. The public defender wants a bench trial. This judge put a lady in jail because her two tiny dogs weren't on a leash....just saying. She had no intent to steal anything as her food stamps had plenty of funds. A bench trial in front of this judge is suicide in my opinion. She needs a good legal opinion other than the PD or mine. I recommend that all the store training records, work instructions, surveillance video, depositions etc be requested with a jury trial. Mine is an educated but not legally educated opinion only. I am disabled also with MS and can't afford to get an attorney for her. Help please.

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Roger

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State is VT..we have issued a NO Trespass against someone

State is VT..we have issued a NO Trespass against someone that is known to shoplift. The previous owners of the store had a No Treespass on her also. She is now suing us for discrimination because she is banned from the store. The papers she served us with make it clear that there are five or six other stores she is suing at the same time for the same reason. She is apparently representing herself. Obviously, we need to respond to avoid a default judgement, but what is the quickest way to get this frivolous suit to go away?JA: You're dealing with a tough issue. But don't worry -- you're in good hands. I know the lawyer has information that can help. Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: No, our first step was to call the insurance company and get their opinion.JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: I am at our second store...my wife called with these details. Apparently, thisperson has some court dates coming up for retail theft.JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.

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Lucy, Esq.

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I was charged with shoplifting $400 from Sams. tomorrow in

I was charged with shoplifting $400 from Sams. tomorrow in my sentencing. will I go to jail, I have no criminal history.JA: You're dealing with a tough issue. But don't worry -- you're in good hands. Because laws vary from state to state, could you tell me what state is this in?Customer: NDJA: Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: noJA: Please give me a bit more information, so we can help you best.Customer: okJA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should be aware of?Customer: I have MS and forgot to payJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.

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Barrister

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