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    Default Eighteen-Year-Old Caught Shoplifting in Indiana

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Indiana
    Hi.
    I'm 18 and was caught shoplifting in Indiana at a Walmart. this is my first time and it was $50 worth of stuff. I was not arrested but they took me into a room and asked for my address and stuff. they told me I would get a letter that said had to appear in court. I don't know what to do I'm so scared. what do I do??? will they put me in jail??? I don't have any money to hire an attorney or anything I can't let my mom know about this she'd have my head on a silver platter. Any advice would help thank you.

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    Default Re: Shoplifting in Indiana

    If you get a letter to appear in court, get an attorney.
    You can expect for sure to get a letter from Walmart's "lawyers" demanding civil restitution for the grief you cause them.

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    Default Re: Shoplifting in Indiana

    How do I get an attorney?

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    Default Re: Shoplifting in Indiana

    Look under L in that big yellow book under the phone.

    Call your county bar and ask for a referral. List of county bars in Indiana: http://www.inbar.org/?page=local_bars

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    Default Re: Shoplifting in Indiana

    in sorry if I'm being annoying but will they charge me? I really don't have the money for a private attorney

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    Default Re: Shoplifting in Indiana

    If they said you're going to get an order to appear in court, it means that they believe charges are coming. Of course, they may have been blowing smoke. It's not the store that ultimately makes the decision, it is society that is harmed by your criminal act and the state decides when and if it will prosecute you.

    Until you are actually charged, a lawyer will tell you to keep your mouth shut (if approached by the police or prosecutor refuse to say anything to them unless you have an attorney). If you are really indigent rather than just unwilling to pay for an attorney, if you are actually summonsed to court, ask for a public defender.

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