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  1. Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Possible to drop theft 3 misdemeanor charge to infraction?

    Hi, as the subject suggest, I was wondering if it is possible for the courts in WA state to drop a theft 3 misdemeanor charge to a theft infraction?

    Does such infraction exist in WA state?

    And...
  2. Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Employment background checks and shoplifting

    Hi again,

    I have just received the letter for my arraignment coming up next week and have a question about future employment background checks.

    The items I stole from Costco were approximately...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Mr. Knowitall, with your experience, how long...

    Mr. Knowitall,

    with your experience, how long does it usually take for the charges to be filed?
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: No Record In The Court System

    I've been calling the court weekly for the past month, and there still doesn't seem to be a record of me in the system. The clerk today told me that it is unusual for a charge not to be filed within...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: wow, I'm currently in the exactly same situation...

    wow, I'm currently in the exactly same situation as you were.

    I'm a sophmore in College, and picked up the bad habit after I started retail at Nordstrom last year. It's kinda funny in way that I...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: just wait til your arraignment and see how things...

    just wait til your arraignment and see how things go from there. It's really not the end of the world so my best advice is for you not to worry that much.
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: whatever you do, do not plead guilty at your...

    whatever you do, do not plead guilty at your arraignment, as that will negate all possible opportunities for your lawyer/public defender to bargain with the prosecutor.
  8. Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: it'd be a good idea to call up a criminal defense...

    it'd be a good idea to call up a criminal defense attorney in your area and just ask for a free consultation over the phone.
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: In order to avoid a possible conviction on your...

    In order to avoid a possible conviction on your record, it's generally a good idea to plead not guilty at your arraignment. This is done to give your lawyer or PD a chance to plea bargain with the...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: talk to a local criminal defense attorney, he/she...

    talk to a local criminal defense attorney, he/she should give you all the information you need.
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: wow, $5000? I would assume that would count as a...

    wow, $5000? I would assume that would count as a felony, which carry much bigger consequences than a misdemeanor. You should definetly consult with a criminal defense attorney and see what can be...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: My advice..stop cutting, you're going to...

    My advice..stop cutting, you're going to seriously regret it in 10 years when you end up with a ton of hideous scars on your arm.

    In a couple of years, you wont even remember this whole thing,...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: yeah go ahead and call the prosecutor's office....

    yeah go ahead and call the prosecutor's office. They should have a record if your charges were filed.
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: I agree that it is possible that forwarding the...

    I agree that it is possible that forwarding the mail could potentially be a problem, but it is possible if that's something you absolutely need.

    It's usually done to accomodate people moving or...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: but from the looks of it, she was detained by...

    but from the looks of it, she was detained by store employees and the police were not actually involved? Would that still be considered an arrest for job applications?
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: ok just call in and say something like "I might...

    ok just call in and say something like "I might have had charges filed against me but I've recently moved so I'd like to change my address." That should work.
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: depending on which city you're in, just google up...

    depending on which city you're in, just google up "____ city prosecutor" and call their office. The charges might not be filed yet into the system since it could go through the detective system, but...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Or if your manager is really set on helping you....

    Or if your manager is really set on helping you. Just give his address to the court so they'll mail everything to him.
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: talk to a lawyer and see if you can all the court...

    talk to a lawyer and see if you can all the court to send everything to the lawyer instead of you. If you're lucky, like in my case, the lawyer wont even charge you for this service. The lawyer will...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: I am under the impression that records of the...

    I am under the impression that records of the charge is only available to the police backgoundchecks and not for employment purposes?

    You're probably right but I'm just making sure.
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: I'm sure Concernedmom is not trying to scare you,...

    I'm sure Concernedmom is not trying to scare you, but that last thing you want to do now is worry more.

    Although the charge will show up for police reports, employeers in the future will not have...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Ok i emailed one of the attorneys I spoke with on...

    Ok i emailed one of the attorneys I spoke with on the phone yesterday and felt really comfortable with.

    He basically said that if I have trouble receiving contact with the court, like I don't...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Yep, same thing with me. All you have to do is...

    Yep, same thing with me. All you have to do is look up the store's number and ask for their LP department. Just act mature and try to plead with them.

    Just know that it's not the end of the world...
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: Well, I called the LP officers today and it looks...

    Well, I called the LP officers today and it looks like they already sent the paperwork in to the detective office :(

    Take my advice, call the LP office asap and find out!
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    Retail Fraud / Shoplifting: I'm checking this forum in between midterms. :( ...

    I'm checking this forum in between midterms. :(

    Do speak to a lawyer, there's no reason for you to retain one but just speaking to one will make you feel a lot better. Most lawyers offer free...
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