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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: civil compromise versus diversion

    (This is King County, WA state)

    The court has sent a letter offering pre-trial diversion. I am to contact a probation officer to find out if I qualify, and if so, I'd be able to skip the court...
  2. Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: I just googled myself and nothing shows up; it's...

    I just googled myself and nothing shows up; it's been a week. Hope that means they haven't published and won't.

    How soon should I be expecting papers? As I said, it's been a week. I'm in King...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Washington State. So I would have to try this...

    Washington State.

    So I would have to try this before we get to court? Or could I present this at the trial?

    Thank you so much for your help.
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Civil compromise versus Diversion

    I have not read anyone mention "civil compromise." What is the difference?

    I got this from a lawyer website:

    In some cases, your criminal defense lawyer can have your case dismissed (e.g....
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: :( Oh Crap. What section of the paper would...

    :(

    Oh Crap.

    What section of the paper would it be in?

    :( This just gets worse and worse...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Will it show if I get diversion?

    Will it show if I get diversion?
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Background checks and mortgages

    I am hoping with all my heart that I will get diversion but we will be applying for a mortgage this year.

    I am afraid of my husband finding out.

    I am afraid of not getting the mortgage.

    Do...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Newspaper postings and public notices

    One of the postings about Walmart said that their name and arrest was posted in the local paper. Is this standard? I am so ashamed and afraid of people I know finding out....
  9. Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: GOING PUBLIC??

    Has anyone else had an experience like this with all the mail from lawyers??

    I am terrified that my family will find out via odd things in the mail. I started giving my home number and did...
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    Hiring a Lawyer: Lawyer Recommendations in Washington

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a Lawyer in the Seattle area? Preferrably one that offers free consultations?

    Thanks...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: But doesn't the diverstion option leave a "not...

    But doesn't the diverstion option leave a "not guilty" mark on your record? Can they do that if you already admitted guilt?

    Thanks again...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: He said he offered it to me because he had to but...

    He said he offered it to me because he had to but that the judge would decide if I got it or not, that I was still arrested, would be going to court. He recommended that I just explain what happened...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Thank you, is it really as easy as that? Is the...

    Thank you, is it really as easy as that? Is the fine going to be a few hundred dollars, typically, or thousands? I need to sneak the funds out unnoticed by my spouse. The police officer said he...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: twenty minutes outside of Seattle. Thanks for...

    twenty minutes outside of Seattle. Thanks for replying... I hope you can help.
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Admitted shoplifting - did I screw myself?

    Reading more of these posts -- is it true that I can only get diversion if I did not plea guilty? I already admitted to the officers that I switched price tags. Did I pin myself into an even worse...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: How to Get a Public Defender

    Can I get a public defender if my spouse has a good income? Is it income dependent? I am trying to hide this from him and... I don't know...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: How to get charges dropped

    In reading some of these posts, it looks like sometimes there is a way to plea with the shop to try to get the charges dropped. My offense was worth $4. I know they will ask for restitution up to...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Switched tags and arrested

    I'm glad I found this site.

    I was caught for the lamest thing. I switched tags on a cheap scarf at a thrift shop. I was caught and arrested. They called in an officer and filed a report...
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