At a clicks store I had a bunch of thing...

Asked by Lerato on 17-10-2021 16:25:56
Question posted in the Criminal Law category relating to KwaZulu-Natal

At a clicks store I had a bunch of things in my hand a small kids towel and some drops myb R150 all together my wallet on my hand my phone rang I took it out of my bag n put my wallet with all those things  in my bag distracted by the phone call I grabbed 2 can of Cans of juice paid and when I went to the door the monitor beeped so I tried to explain until I saw it doesn't make a difference and offered to pay,the manager called saps I was arrested  I paid bail at the police station 300 same day I was told should be in court the following day .I went to court they told me the charges and asked if I needed legal aid i said yes.then they gave me another date.today I received an SMS that legal aid has been approved.but I don't know wht next.must I plead guilty,will I pay a fine,can I get diversion program,will I have criminal record will be questioned on the lawyer speaks on my behalf.and what's the worst case scenario for the charge of theft by shoplifting R150

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Posted by Att. Patrick on 19-10-2021 10:43:52

Hi there,

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You must not plead guilty. You must not pay a fine. You must apply with the prosecutor for a diversion programme. If you complete the programme, then the prosecutor will withdraw the charges against you - and you will go, free and clear. No criminal record.

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