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    Default Caught Shoplifting at JCPenney in Indiana

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Indiana.

    I was just caught shoplifting at JC Penney.
    I am absolutely terrified at this point, and after reading up on this, don't know exactly what to expect.

    I stole two necklaces, completely not worth it, totaling to be about $50.
    I have no criminal background whatsoever.
    I am 23 and this is my first offense.

    They did not arrest me, but the police did take my information and told me I would be summoned to court.

    I admitted to stealing and didn't argue with the LP people at all.

    I plan on going to court and pleading guilty.
    However, I do not want this to be on my record.
    Is there anyway I can have it off my record??

    I know this was very stupid.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Caught Shoplifting at JCPenney in Indiana

    Is there anyway I can have it off my record??
    Not if you plead Guilty, no. Pleading Guilty forces imposition of sentence, and the state of Indiana does not permit the expungement of convictions.

    Rather, you should appear in court, plead Not Guilty, and ask for a Public Defender. (Assuming you cannot afford private counsel. If you can, take your attorney with you, plead Not Guilty.)

    With the help of a PD or private counsel, you may qualify for a diversion program, which consists of fines, restitution, anti-shoplifting classes (at your expense) and probation. Typically, if the program is completed successfully, the case is dismissed and you have no record.

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    Default Re: Caught Shoplifting at JCPenney in Indiana

    thank you!!!

    i've been super paranoid about it all.

    one of my good friends referred me to a good criminal defense lawyer in the area so i'm going to give him a call and see how much it will cost. id rather pay all that to get it off my record.

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