My question involves criminal law for the state of: Michigan
Here is the letter I will be reading to the judge tomorrow. I am being charged with criminal theft in the 3rd degree 1st offense. Do you think I will go to Jail? i am worried sick and chose not to get an attorney. I am planning on pleading guilty but explaining the situation. I am hoping to get my atleast some of my $500 bond back am i dreaming?
On May 27th, 2011 at approximently 4:30 pm my kids and I went to Meijer grocery store to get groceries. While shopping I start to feel incredibly nauseated and began shopping in a hurry. My kids and I then proceeded to checkout we chose U scan because it was right next to the exit door and I assumed I would be much quicker at scanning/bagging the items than a cashier. I am 22 weeks pregnant and have had preterm labor before and was currentlly taking a strong medication for an infection. As my son and I began scanning then placing the items on the scanner I began feeling pressure/cramping but knew if we had just hurried up I could get home. During this time my 3 year old is becoming very impatient in the cart trying to climb out so after we are done scanning all of our items I pay, we bag them, and then proceed to leave the store. This is where lost prevention approached me and had asked me to follow them but I wasn't not concerned at the time afterall in my mind I had done nothing wrong. They then proceeded to tell me after going through my receipt that I had had over $100 in items that were not scanned I then told them that i am new to using U scan that I wasn't feel well and we were in a hurry and this was just a mistake but i would be more than happy to pay for these other items. They said that is not possible and called the police. I was not concerned until the police put me in handcuffs when I knew I was not a criminal and did nothing wrong however I knew the police had a job to do wether i was guilty or not. Your honor I have absolutely no help with family so I knew wether I wasn't feeling good I had to get this shopping trip done. I feel as though that this entire ordeal was all a misundertanding each and every item that i had in my cart I placed over the scanner to be scanned. I truly beleive that we mold our children into being productive members of society and our children learn from there elders. I would never,ever commit a crime with or without my children with me. I am assuming that you will be able to look at any video evedience the store has to see that my intentions were to scan,pay, and leave. Every single item than I put over the scanner was then placed on the belt to be bagged I did not hide any items. Your honor I beleive this case should be dismissed because I am not criminal and it was not my intention to commit any criminal act. I volunteer at my childrens school and am active in my church I would never,ever commit a crime intentionally.