My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
Hi. I wanted to ask you guys about a situation my friend got into recently.
First off she is an illegal alien in this country and of age over 21(i was not sure if I should post in this forum or the immigration one). She was at a store and while shopping, and by accident she put a very small value item into her pocket. She paid for the rest of her stuff but just forgot about this 1 item. When she walked out, security approached her and asked her to come to the back. Security tried to break her with harsh interrogation for some reason and a police officer was there. Of course she has no identification she can show so she said she has none to the cop. The cop tried to run her name in the system but nothing showed up. At the end, the store employees/cop took down her information (phone number, address, etc...) and said they will mail her a fine. She was free to leave.
Now I am just wondering if she has anything to worry about in terms of immigration status. Will the cop probe into that at all? Will she have to appear in court when they said she will be receiving a letter to pay a fine in the mail? This is her first offence and any run in with the law. She is just really scared on what can happen.