Client Exchanged Her Own Earrings After Store Refused; Arrested on Petit Theft ChargesCharges Dropped!
The Charges Department Store Loss Prevention Officers witnessed the Defendant remove a new set of earrings from the packaging. The Defendant then took her old earrings and placed them into the new packaging. The Defendant placed the new set of earrings into her purse and left the store. Loss Prevention Officers stopped the Defendant and contacted Police. Police arrested and charged the Defendant with Petit Theft. Deferred Prosecution Program The deferred prosecution program was created to keep offenders out of the court system. It is a contract between the offender and the state, which requires the offender to complete all conditions of the program in order to have charges against them dismissed. Their record will then be expunged. Conditions that are typically in the deferred prosecution program include:
- Paying the costs of prosecution
- No new violations
- Completing a certain amount of community service
- Complete a specified counseling program
- Making a donation to a charity or charitable cause
- The offender has never been found guilty of a misdemeanor, felony, or criminal ordinance violation. This includes both juvenile and adult.
- The offender has never had a record expunged in the state of Florida.
- The offender is not currently on community control, probation, or any other court supervision.
- The crime must not be on the Does Not Qualify for sealing or expungement list. Crimes that do not qualify for this include luring or enticing a child, arson, aircraft piracy, homicide, robbery, manslaughter, and carjacking. However, if you were not found guilty of the crime or your charges were dismissed, your record can be expunged even if the offense is listed.
- Your offense will not be public record.
- Your privacy is protected. This is essential for when you are job hunting, apartment searching, or applying for financial aid for college.
- Expunging allows you to legally deny that you were arrested.