My question involves criminal law for the state of: Missouri
I was stopped by a sheriff in Missouri for being on a store lot late at night. It's stupid, I know, but when I can't sleep I drive around and end up in home improvement parking lots staring at displays and daydreaming about what I want to do to my home. Anyway, I was towing a little trailer behind my car, and had been using the trailer for family purposes for a few days and intended to use it for a few more days.
It turns out that the VIN was a sticker and had been peeled off. Also, a trailer just like mine had been stolen from the very store I was at. And the cuffs went on. The officer asked me where I bought the trailer and I panicked and said I bought it at a different home improvement store when in reality I bought it online.
Then, the key on my key chain that goes to the cable lock I got free with my trailer fit other cable locks on the lot. The Store Manager was called down, and I was constantly asked who I was in league with who worked at the store. As far as I know, I don't know anyone who works there. "Inside job" kept being said.
I was arrested. My car and trailer were impounded. My home was searched. My bond was $3,500, and I was charged with "possession of equipment with altered ID." The officer either told me, or I overheard that there's a manufacturer's ID# on the trailer, and if the trailer was from that store then I'm SOL.
I'm 28, male, and have never been in trouble before, aside from the occasional speeding ticket. I can get my car out of impound tomorrow at, what's to me, a hefty sum, but the trailer stays as evidence. If the trailer is stolen, what might happen to me? Jail? Fines? Both? Is it considered a felony? If it isn't stolen, I won't be able to afford the impound fees, which will probably be worth more than the trailer.
I'm pretty scared about all this, and keep I feeling ill when I think about it. I'm going to try and hire an attorney, if I can afford it. If not...I don't know what. Any and all advice is very much appreciated! Sorry for such a long post.