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Hi I'm in Georgia. Can you answer a question about getting caught switching tags at walmart?

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Just that I switched a $25 tag on a jacket for $7. Got caught. They filled out paperwork and said I'd be in their database. Did not call police. Can they file charges after the fact?

Lawyer's Assistant: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when did this happen?

Georgia, today

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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Yes, it's possible that they could press charges (it's the prosecutor that "files charges"). But if they don't do it then, it's unlikely that they do it later. Generally they want the police to come by and charge you right away. The fact is that this is attempted petty theft. An attempted crime is charged at a lesser amount than the actual crime itself, so in other words it'd be "petty petty theft". The point is that they probably feel that pressing charges (where they'd have to complete paperwork, go to court to testify, etc... ) wouldn't be worth the effort given the small nature, and rather the threat of going after you would be more persuasive.

So frankly I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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