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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 [...]

Should I give a statement to the police?

What’s wrong with giving a statement to the police? If I didn’t do anything wrong, what’s the harm in giving a statement to the police?  Even if somebody doesn’t want to press charges against you after an incident, giving a statement to the police isn’t a good idea.  Why? Several things… First, it’s not up [...]

How can you find what’s on your background check?

How do I find out what shows up on my background check? Many people ask what shows up on their criminal history.  Sometimes, it’s because they were detained by the police, but weren’t sure if they were arrested.  They may have been arrested, but never went to court.  Or – their case was resolved in [...]