My question involves criminal law for the state of: Texas
The last time I was in trouble was third grade, so this is extremely frustrating. I do not want this to show this on my record as I am in the process of finishing my graduate degree and applying for jobs.
Received CC and went shopping. Found and item at a store, tired of carrying my personal belongings in my hand I threw everything in another shopping bang. I left the store, and the alarm went off, after rummaging through the shopping bag I realized that item was in there, immediately paid the $8, like I intended, after spending a couple hundred, that was not an issue. Left, alarm went off again, a pair off shorts, literally, 14 sizes too small were in the same bag. She insisted that the shorts were below some previous merchandise, most a result from the first incident. I was asked to go to the back, immediately complied knowing I did not intend any wrong doing. They got my information, I signed some paper that I stupidly did not read, police was not called, and she let me go. I asked to see the security cameras, but do not believe they have any.
The value of the item I paid for was $8. Because the clothes is too small, I don't shop for clothing there and don't know the value of the second item that they found. I was sent a statutory civil "penalty" claim for the value of $350. I just realized today it was due two days ago. Trying to be a good citizen and just put this behind me I paid the fee today before midnight. However...as I read these threads it seems like I may have just admitted to guilt.
How do I proceed?