This past weekend I was caught shoplifting $99 worth of thing at a Kohls department store. I am 21 years old and I have a clean record. One of the managers came up to me as I was leaving the store and told me that they needed to see me in a back office. The woman told me that she say me taking the items, so i pulled them out of my purse and handed them to her. I said it was my first time doing this and asked if i could pay for them, she said No. She took a picture of me and she filled out all these forms where she needed my address, SS#, hair and eye color. I asked if they were going to call the cops and she said yes and I would be taken downtown where I would be fingerprinted. I was in a complete panic attack. She told me that in a few weeks I would be recieving a letter in the mail for the fine and another item with a court date. When the police arrived the officer asked if he could see my license and asked if I had a clean record. I explain to him yes. The officer and the manager then left the room, the officer said he was going to run my license. When he returned in the room he asked for my phone number, I asked him if he was going to handcuff me and he said no he was just going to walk me to my car. The officers then walked me to my car and he ran my license plate number..I then asked him before I left why he did not fingerprint me and he said that it would take too much time and he would just do it after court.
I am so worried, I have been looking online and reading other blogs of people who got caught at kohls. I was just wondering why the cop did not take me to jail and why he ran my license and my plate? What are my chances of going to court and if I do go to court how can I keep my record clean. At this point I will do anything? Please Help!!