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Miranda and making a statement to police – Part 1 of a series

Miranda rights in criminal cases   This is the first part of a series I decided to write regarding the Miranda rights and talking with the police… or more importantly, NOT talking to them.   First, the law of Miranda: In 1966, the United States Supreme Court decided the now-famous Miranda decision (384 U.S. 436). [...]

Caught shoplifting, but police were not called. Do I have to pay a fine?

I have been asked many times about this exact scenario.  You were caught or detained for shoplifting, but they did not call the police.  They said you’d get a letter in the mail with a fine that you had to pay.  What is that? Do you have to pay them?  Can they still call the [...]

Caught shoplifting – police weren’t called. Will I face charges? Fines?

I get lots of questions about shoplifting incidents.  Many times, the question is:  ”I was detained by store personnel for shoplifting, but the police weren’t called.  They made me sign some papers and let me go, telling me I would have to pay a fine.  What is going to happen?” Are the police going to [...]

Arrested in Orange County? Now what?

First – Should you post bail? If your loved one has been arrested, the first decision to make is whether or not to post bail.  When a person is booked into jail, the top charge will determine how much the bail should be.  If they are booked through the Orange County Jail, a Detention Release [...]

Arrested for shoplifting? Here are the possible charges

There isn’t really one charge of “shoplifting” in the California Penal Code.  There are theft charges and other related crimes on the books. First – Petty Theft (Penal Code 484 and 488) In general, theft is defined in Penal Code 484.  From there, theft is classified under a different code section depending on the dollar [...]