My question involves juvenile law in the State of: Wisconsin/Illinois
Okay.. So about a week & a half ago, I was at kohls with a friend & we were trying on clothing & all that fun stuff. To make a long story short, I was unaware of that fact that this "friend" was slipping merchandise into my bag without my knowledge. We left the store with no problems & continued around the mall when 2 big black men walked up to me & started accusing me of shoplifting, I denied it of course, because I wasn't aware there was anything in my bag. They started dragging me back to the store while the other guy called the cops. I was so confused & upset & they just started screaming at me & swearing & when we got back to the store they locked me in a room with about 10 people & continued to yell. The police showed up & searched me, (my "friend" was long gone by that time.) found the merchandise, & wouldn't even let me get a word in about my innocence, because when she put the stuff in my bag it was in the fitting room where there are no cameras. I was told to fill out paperwork for the store, & as soon as that was done I was slammed against the wall, handcuffed & driven to a police station. When we got there the cop took all of my stuff, & put me in a cell for a few hours while he sat across the room & had a snack & then just sat there. He brought me out & took pictures, had me fill out more paperwork, gave me a notice to appear in court for the 28th, the charges being retail theft under $300 dollars, (the total I "stole" was around $80) & finally let me call my dad to pick me up, since all of this happened I recieved a civil demand in the mail from kohls for $200, do I have to pay this? What will happen in court? Is there any way to get community service instead of fines? I can't afford a lawyer, will I be appointed a public defender? & I have no job to pay tickets & my dad doesn't have any income right now either.. live in Wisconsin but this happened in il., & I'm 15 but I was 14 when this happened.. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I just want to know what to expect..
I know how bad this looks on me, so I understand why you would think I'm making it up. I really just wasnt paying attention, but now I have to take responsibility for it. This person refuses to have anything to do with me anymore because she doesn't want to get caught. I can't make her talk to me..
& they said the civil demand in addition to any tickets/charges I'll get in court.