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Wife was caught changing price tags and arrested after walking out of the store for paying the lower price.  The difference was not even $100.  Husband is a full US citizen and not involved in the theft, but she is not a citizen, but a permanent resident for almost 30 years.  She was allowed to return home but we have a court date in 2 weeks.  She had a similar, even smaller theft amount in 1989, which was successfully expunged, sometime around 10 years ago.  To deal with this latest misdemeanor(?) do they just pay a fine and after some time, get the charge expunged?

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You don't "just pay a fine" in such a case.  You plead guilty or are found guilty of the crime of shoplifting or concealing merchandise.  The judge sentences the convicted person to the appropriate penalty, which may include jail time (which may be suspended) and/or a fine.  Changing the price on items is a criminal offense involving moral turptitude and may result in deportation.  It could be a major mistake to treat this as a minor annoyance.  She needs an attorney NOW.

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15 hours ago, Pennsy112233 said:

Wife was caught changing price tags and arrested. . . .  Husband is a full US citizen. . . .  we have a court date in 2 weeks.

 

I'm curious.  You referred to "wife" and "husband" in the third person and then wrote that "we have a court date."  Who are "we," and what does this have to do with you (since you're apparently neither the woman who allegedly committed the crime nor her husband)?

 

 

15 hours ago, Pennsy112233 said:

To deal with this latest misdemeanor(?) do they just pay a fine and after some time, get the charge expunged?

 

The defendant or her attorney is free to inquire of the prosecutor whether this can be handled simply by paying a fine (i.e., by entering into a plea bargain).  We have no way of knowing how the prosecutor will respond.

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Hi @Pennsy112233

 

Welcome to the community and thanks for posting. As other posters have mentioned, these criminal charges could have serious consequences for wife's immigration status. Here are a few articles on the topic you may want to review:

 

As others have suggested, wife may also wish to speak with a criminal defense attorney.

 

Best of luck!

The FindLaw.com Team

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