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What will happen to me if I got arrested for shoplifting but it was an accident?

It was at a department store. I was shopping for sunglasses and after I put them on and looked at myself in the mirror to see how awesome I looked, seriously, if you saw these you'd be blown away. And then my second sunglass test to to put them on top of my head, you know like flip them up so I could see what they look like when I go inside somewhere and just flip them up on my head. Some sunglasses pinch behind my ears so I thought I'd leave them up there for a bit while I continued looking. Turns out, I didn't like any others so I didn't try any others on and these were so comfortable that I forgot they were there. I didn't buy anything and walked out of the store and the security guard called out to me. I immediately realized what had happened and apolozied and explained to the security guard and then store manager because he took me to the office. The store manager probably was having a real bad day because he didn't want to even listen to my apology and called the cops and I got arrested. What's going to be happening next? How do I get through to someone that it was an honest mistake? I offered to pay for the sunglasses when I went back into the store with the security guard but they wouldn't take it.

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    Sally Hamblin | Hamblin Law Office
    4015 W. Houghton Lake Drive
    Houghton Lake, MI 48629
    (228) 224-7120
    Your story does not sound like a mistake, but someone that got caught and trying to recite a cute story. You will be fingerprinted, have an arraignment explaining your rights.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 3/2/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    Get a lawyer and fight the charge. You can't accidentally steal.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 2/28/2013
    Edward D. Dowling IV | Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    132 Foxdale Lane
    Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    (631) 509-0662
    You should hire an attorney and disclose all the facts and circumstances. You may be able to get an ACOD- adjournment in contemplation of dismissal- which means the case is adjourned - usually for 6 months- and if you do not get in trouble the case will be dismissed on the adjourned date.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 2/28/2013
    Michael Kelly | Kelly & Soto Law
    P.O. Box 960902
    Boston, MA 02196
    (978) 618-8005
    In Massachusetts the statute for shoplifting is as follows, "Any person who intentionally takes possession of, carries away, transfers or causes to be carried away or transferred, any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by any store or other retail mercantile establishment with the intention of depriving the merchant of the possession...shall be punished for a first offense by a fine not to exceed two hundred and fifty dollars." Because the statute specifically requires "intention of depriving", the argument that you forgot the glasses were on your head, may negate the element of intent. In determining whether a person acted intentionally, you should give the word its ordinary meaning of acting voluntarily and deliberately, and not because of accident or negligence. It is not necessary that the defendant knew that he (she) was breaking the law, but it is necessary that he (she) intended the act to occur which constitutes the offense. In your case, you could argue that you acted by accident in removing the glasses, and that you did not intend for the act to occur.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts - Replied: 2/28/2013
    John J. Carney | The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    401 East 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    (917) 696-2363
    Your story is feasible and the prosecutor may believe that you may have made a mistake depending on how big the tag was, the security tape if there is one, your prior record, and who your lawyer is since it is your lawyer who will negotiate the case. If it was a first offense the prosecutor will probably offer an a ACD and the case will be dismissed after 6 months if you are not re-arrested.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 2/28/2013
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