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    Unhappy 19-Year-Old Caught Shoplifting - What Happens

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: CA

    i tried walking out of walmart with some magazines... the total was about 25 dollars. i got a citation or "arrested" but they let me go with a court date... i have to go to court nov, 13th!!!!!

    now this is the part im afraid of...

    when i was a minor (17) i took a phone from verizon and got caught, i was sentenced to probation and some community service and i was told that my case WAS SEALED...

    so what im wondering will the court see that i've stolen before? and make my punishment even harder? what will happen to me? can i get away with just a fine?

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    Default Re: 19 from CA Caught at Wallmart. What Happens

    You might want to first plead not guilty. Walmart might not want to show up for your trial. If they do not show up, everything will be dismissed. If they do show up, tell your paid/court appointed attorney you want to change your plead to guilty. Your attorney should try and reach an agreement with the district attorney. Tell your attorney what happened before. He/She should know whether to bring it up or not.

    If you do not not have a job, try searching for one asap. It will help the district attorney and judge help from looking at you any lower.

    I hope you learned your lesson because stealing can get you into a lot of trouble. I do not know if you stole things before and got away with it, but once caught it stills does not equal what you got away with before, because everyone is going to get caught sometime.

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    Default Re: 19 from CA Caught at Wallmart. What Happens

    ya man stealing isnt worth it.

    nothing bad will happen if i plead not guilty?
    even though its obvious that im guilty and i admitted to the officer that i was guilty?

    wont i get punished worse if i say im not guilty?
    its not worth the risk is it?

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    Default Re: 19 from CA Caught at Wallmart. What Happens

    Best thing you can do is consult an Attorney and discuss plea deal options

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    Default Re: 19 from CA Caught at Wallmart. What Happens

    what are some plea options?

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    Default Re: 19 from CA Caught at Wallmart. What Happens

    Diversion is one you should look into

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    Default Re: 19 from CA Caught at Wallmart. What Happens

    whats that?
    can i get it? remeber im 19 and i have a sealed record of theft

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    Default Re: 19 from CA Caught at Wallmart. What Happens

    Ask your Attorney as these programs vary and are not available everywhere

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    Default Re: 19-Year-Old Caught Shoplifting - What Happens

    ok well im not sure if im going to have a chance to talk to the judge but im planning on saying something like: im a good person, i have 3 younger brothers, im a full time student at the local college and im x fering to ucr next year. and i have a job that i help support my family with.

    this possible?

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    Default Re: 19-Year-Old Caught Shoplifting - What Happens

    Who said you should talk to judge? Have your attorney do so

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