Hello everyone -
I found this forum in hope that someone can assist me with an incredibly stressful situation that I've unfortunately found myself in.
I am a straight-A medical student with a clean record here in Kansas,This means nothing!
and several weeks ago, was shopping for a formal dress for the annual medical school ball. I came to a boutique one evening, and tried a few on. Only one woman was working, and there were no other customers.No other possible thiefs does not work well in your favor
I came out of the dressing room and told her that none of the dresses looked quite right on me. We talked for several minutes, after which she offered to take down my information so that she could contact me if they got any new stock in.At this point I am alrfeady guessing she has checked fitting room an dknows or think she knows you took dress
I agreed, and gave her my permanent address (my parents' house is only half an hour away), my cell phone, and my email.Which sh eused to report theft
I never heard from her, but to my horror, a detective knocked on my parents' door yesterday to tell them that someone has filed a report against me for shoplifting a $300 dress. The store clerk says that I took four dresses in and when she went into the room, only three were left. I have absolutely no recollection of even trying on the aforementioned dress (as it is tacky and completely not my style, if you saw my dress collection). 4 went in and only three remained that works againist you as well
I was happy to assist the officer in his investigation because understandably, I would like the case closed as soon as possible. I came to the police today and talked with the detective, who brought me to tears trying to pressure me into a confession. He threatened to dig deeper and get evidence against me if I didn't confess and return it. I offered to let him come to my apartment, my parents' house, gave him my roommate's phone number, anything to show how willing I was to cooperate. He says the woman will undoubtedly press charges.Which is their legal right
The officer has scared me to death. I believe the store does not employ video surveillance but even if they had, there would be nothing incriminating. If they do that works in your favor.
Besides, what kind of thief purposely leaves their REAL information with the woman they just stole from? What kind of thief stays around for friendly chat?Many do as a ploy
I guess my question is, how serious is my situation?Your facing misdemeanor charges its serious
Any flaw on my record could have devastating consequences on my future in medicine.Yes it could
My family has been turned completely upside down as we have no idea what to expect. We don't know if this detective is out to get us, or if this woman even has a case against me without any direct evidence.People have been convicted with less
I cannot afford a quality lawyer,Can yo afford a criminal record?
and am wondering whether I will need one for this case,Yes
or whether it will even go to court, simply based on circumstantial evidence.It can
I really appreciate you reading this long post, but any advice is welcome. Thank you again.