My question involves criminal law for the state of: MD
It was baby cloth for my baby and security people came out asking if I stole from their store saying they saw me so to follow them to their office. I put everything on the desk and after that a staff member came as witness. Then they added the amount from tags to write a report and amount. What if the cloth was on sale that day? How should they add it?
They made me sign 2 doc. to agree that I stoled for the amount they wrote.
I talked to a lawyer and he said he will charge me $950 for his services. He will defend me but I don't have that money and was thinking on public defender instead. This lawyer says I will defend you in a personal level since he met me when everything was so fresh. I was crying in his office because was fresh still. This lawyer now lowered the price but still is expensive.
I am afraid of getting criminal record or going to jail. This was my first time for a bit more than $100. Police gave me a ticket and I left.
Does anybody know how JC Penny operates?
Should I say guilty or not guilty? I honestly think, I don't have a chance to say I am not guilty since I signed those letters.
I am afraid of judge asking directly what I did? What if the JC Penny staff recorded anything I said in their office? They didn't let me know if they recorded my voice or anything. They made sure a staff member was present to have a witness and to have me sign the 2 letters before I was let go.