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If a store forgives me for stealing something can I still be arrested for it?

The security guard at the store caught me for stealing candy. I went into the back office with him and the manager and they talked to me. I apologized and gave the candy back and promised to not come back to the store. Then they told me to go home. How do I know if its over or if the police will come get me?


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    John J. Carney | The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    401 East 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    (917) 696-2363
    If they let you leave they are not going to press charges.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 2/24/2013
    Cynthia Henley | Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    7626 E. Jordan Cove
    Houston, TX 77055-5053
    (713) 222-1220
    The police are not likely to come arrest you but you might be mailed a ticket (although it does not sound like it.)
    Answer Applies to: Texas - Replied: 1/26/2013
    William L. Welch, III | William L. Welch, III Attorney
    111 South Calvert Street
    Baltimore, MD 21045
    (410) 385-5630
    Crimes are public offenses against the state, as opposed to private offenses against an individual or business. Even if a private party for gives you and does not elect to pursue you in civil court, the state may still prosecute you in criminal court. In a criminal case the private party is merely a witness, and what the private party wants does not matter.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland - Replied: 1/26/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    It is impossible to predict if or when someone else will take action or not, in every situation in life. You will know if and when you are served a notice to appear at the police station or in court. In the meantime, it is probable that you will not be served with any kind of criminal action,?however, you might be sued civilly by the retailer for a civil (money) penalty.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 1/25/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    If the police were not called in at the store, then you probably will not be charged.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/25/2013
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