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I got caught stealing and was taken down to the police

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I got caught stealing...

I got caught stealing and was taken down to the police station for finger prints. It was under $300, I paid bail and I have a court date. What can I expect in court and can I get this off my permanent record? Can I make it unseen by a background check?

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

Illinois and yesterday

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

No

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

This is a first time offense

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Criminal Law
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I would rather just type it out
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Is this costing me more than the $5 I just paid?
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No thank you, ***** ***** need the answer anymore but thank you for your time!
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