I recently visited a large home improvement chain to purchase some residential electrical wire. When I found the correct size, I noticed it was the last one on the shelf. Also, the packaging, plastic stretch wrap, was partially damaged. Approxiamately one foot away was a piece of plastic with a barcode and labeling which seemed to match. I picked up both the packaged wire and the plastic labelling nearby and placed them into my basket. After picking up a couple peices of wood, I proceeded to the checkout and paid for the items. As soon as I walked passed the registers about five feet away from the exit doors I was interrupted by a young man who asked me to stop. When I asked, "What's this about?" He said, "I think you know." He grabbed me by the arm and told me that I needed to come with him. I obliged and went to his office in the back of the store. He asked me if I had any weapons, searched my body and took out my wallet, keys, etc. He then explained that he saw me switch the price tags and pay the wrong price for the wire. After completing a report on a computer, he called the police and I was given a citation.
I have already contacted a criminal law attorney and made an appointment. Why am I here? I was wondering what I should expect?