Just like to say "Hi" to all. It's been awhile since I've been here. Before I start, I'd like to say I'm not a bad person, and have never done anything illegal up to this point, outside of speeding in my car. I'm upper-middle class, 19 years old and work really, really hard in college and my opticianary work. But I screwed up royally... See, my friend and I were bored so we needed something exciting to do. We decided to go to Wal-Mart (a store I hadn't gone to in years), and pull an "Ocean's 11" on the big blue corporate monster. We went inside to see if they actually had anything of interest worth taking, and it turns out they had some higher-end colognes. We each took 2 bottles (RL Romance, Burberry London, CK Crave and Dior Addict - for a friend) and headed out the door, only to be stopped by a security officer right outside the door. I'm now charged with petty larceny even though the merchandise was returned. My court date is May 10. Does anyone know what kind of procedure I will go through? What kind of fine I will face? I'm so scared, and I'm doing the best I can to hide this from my parents who I still live with. If anyone can tell me what I've gotten myself into, I'd be forever in your debt. I know there are a lot of bright minds here, and if I remember correctly a couple w/ vast legal knowledge, so I thought this would be a good place to come and seek help. Again, I'm sorry for bringing this to your forums...it's so humiliating...I just don't know what else to do. Thanks for any help you can provide...
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3/28/04 at 12:19pm