My question involves criminal law for the state of: North Carolina
I was ticketed for shoplifting today at the PX on a military post. What I did was, of course, stupid. I was going to purchase a $14 loose bracelet (not in a box or bag) for a mothers day present for my daughter-in-law. As I was continuing to shop, the bracelet kept getting snagged on the cart and falling through. I was concerned with it getting broken or scratched up so I took the tag off and stuck it in my pocket. (First stupid deed). After about an hour and a half of shopping, cell phone calls, and promotional raffle drawings, I preceeded to checkout. I paid for my purchase and started to leave when security stopped me and held me until the MPs arrived. I had forgotten about the bracelet in my pocket and at some point had lost the tag which was meant to remind me of the bracelet. (Second stupid deed). I did not realize until today that removing the tag and concealling the bracelet is also considered shoplifting. My intentions were to pay for the bracelet. I had actually purchased a necklace for the same price thinking I had forgotten to get my daught-in-law a gift. I am usually not this forgetful and have never done anything like this before. My question: Are the penalties different because the offense was on a military post? They do have me on Video and I admitted to the MPs what I had done and tried to explain why. I know, no matter the excuse, it is shoplifting. What is going to happen to me?