Re: Caught Shoplifting, Banned from Store, Reported to a Database.no Police Tho
I bet your friends are just so excited that they now possess stolen property as gifts. What a great friend you must be. Do you realize you have put them in jeopardy of criminal charges by doing that?
I don't know what to do because I already gave those items that I took previously and got away with as presents.
while it is unlikely there will be criminal charges, there still could be up until the statute of limitations for whatever crime is involved. With misdemeanors, many states have a year. If the theft was great enough to be classified as a felony, you are generally talking several years, at least. I don't know California's specifically.
If they can find strong enough evidence you did steal other times, yes, they could file to seek charges. Not very likely though.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.