Hixson, TN asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: What will happen to me? I was caught stealing merchandise at a store.

Earlier today I was walking around Belk with my mother and noticed a pair of earrings that I liked. I didn't even look at the price. I just took them off of the little tag they were on and put them in my ears because I didn't want to buy them and didn't want to ask my mother to buy them. I understand this was obviously a horrible thing to do morally, but with money being as tight as it is, I just simply did it. There's no excuse for stealing and there's no way I can justify it, but I'm worried about my future and my career. Loss Prevention stopped me before we exited the store and confronted my mother about it. He asked us to come to the back and discuss the issue and said that he would have to have me sign some paperwork and speak to a mall police officer as well as a "real" police officer. They all wrote down my info and informed me that I'd be banned from the store and all CBL properties for at least 6 months (Belk for 1 year). I instantly gave them back the items but I am scared.

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1 Lawyer Answer

Lawrence James Arnkoff

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: If u have no criminal history this does not need to be a nightmare. You

Should be eligible for a diversion or a retirement if your case is properly

Negotiated with the district attorney's office. That will leave u with a dismissal

And the opportunity to expunge your record. Hiring an experienced criminal

Attorney would help insure u get the right result.

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