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JGM, Solicitor
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I was charged with stealing a £145 bottle of perfume from Debenhams

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I was charged with stealing a £145 bottle of perfume from Debenhams in stirling scotland on Tuesday my wifes birthday! I am ashamed humiliated and embarassed 54 year old professional man who has never been in trouble with the police in his life. I was not arrested but interviewed at the store then told to expect a leeter from the procurator fiscal> i am beside myself with worry that if this goes to court that it may come out , my wife is a teacher and does not know. do you know whether this will go to court?
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I can't speculate on this, as you will appreciate, but it is more than possible that the PF will offer you a fixed penalty notice for this and if you pay it you will not end up with having to go to court
That is not uncommon in an isolated case for a person with no record and of otherwise good character.
I hope this helps. Please leave a positive response so that I am credited for my time.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Are you based in Scotland and practice Scots Law?

Yes, I am and do.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.


Before I was allowed to leave the policeman asked if I had anything to say if i did so this could be used in court as evidence against me. "Did I want to reply?" I said no and was asked to sign his notebook. By doing so have have I done the right or wrong thing? would this be seen as unhelpful or obstructive? I was like a rabbit in the headlights and didnt want to make matters any worse by saying the wrong thing.



No, they have cautioned and charged you and you have made no response to th caution and charge. That is normal.
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