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Hi. I got caught taking a $15 dollar item from a store in the weekend. The police were called but were too busy to attend and the store let me go with a trespass notice and said they would be notifying the police. I have never been in trouble with the police before. What is the likelyhood of this being taken further by the police?

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

This is in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: New Zealand Law
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Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 5 months ago

The most likely action by the police would be that they would give you a warning. It is possible that they could charge you with shoplifting and in that case you would most likely get the opportunity for diversion, which would avoid a court conviction and a criminal record.

But the police have many serious matters to deal with, and it is likely that no further action will be taken. But if the police want to discuss this with you, confessing early is the best way to do this and a warning most likely

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