My question involves criminal law for the state of: Washington
Today I was accused of shoplifting. The item in question was a $1 ice cream bar, which I do not remember paying for, but did not intend to steal. I've been searching the area for a receipt, but I never found it.
I was approched by a LEO some time after the incident. He asked me If I knew why he was there, and I asked if it was because I forgot to pay for the ice cream bar. Stupid on my part. I was then led away from my work station and read my miranda rights, I said nothing from then on.
I was given a court summons and a ticket informing me that I was banned from the store.
This was all a big suprise to me because I have do not remember stealing anything. I have never entered a store intending to steal and can't remember any time when I have not paid for something or forgotten to pay for something.
I was extremely distracted during all this because I'm supposed to have surgery tomorrow, and the doctors keep telling me the time has changed and I've had to find a different person to take me to the hospital each time. I've had to cancel and re-cancel all of my classes. I'm juggling six different people on the phone and suddenly I'm being charged with theft.
All of this happened on a college campus where I live.
I have some specific questions to go along with any advice you might have:
1. The officer implied that I had done this before, which disturbs me. Why would they keep doing business with me if they thought I was stealing?
2. There are some cameras in the store, should I file a discovery for the footage?
3. Does following the officer and the rights reading constitute an arrest?