Q: I have so many questions.
I was recently caught shoplifting at Walmart. They took down my information and told me please do not ever steal from them again and that they will not be banning me from the store and that I was free to go. I got something in the mail to pay a $150 fine and I paid it right away. Now I got another letter saying if I do not appear in court I will be arrested. I am a full time college student with a 3.5 GPA. The court date is 9am on a Monday and I have class. Since I paid the fine should I be clear? They told me I was free to go!? Am I being charged??
A: If you are being told to go to court, then yes you are being charged. This is not a civil case from what I can tell. Contact a criminal lawyer immediately in your area. If you go to court, do not say anything except you want a lawyer. Posting on this board is not sufficient to give you the help you need. Again, contact a lawyer. And make sure to show up to the court when told.
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