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Being arrested and going to jail

Postby hlmk24 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:03 am

is truly the worst. I used to be a compulsive shoplifter until last year when I was caught and arrested two times in a week. The second time I was in jail for a day. It was one of the worst experiences of my life, literally like being in hell. I missed my court date for the second case and cops came to my college and coordinate with my professor to arrest me after class. :shock: My professor said "Please come sit in this room, someone has to talk to you." And two seconds later some cops walked in. I almost died of shock. The worst thing is I had simply gotten the date wrong-- I was intending to go to my court date.

Shortly afterwards I started to believe that my phone was tapped and thought people were following me and monitoring my every move. I still have flashbacks and horrible nightmares about getting arrested and being in jail. It affects me to this day. My mugshot ended up on the internet and since I have an unusual name anyone could google me and see my horrible picture and arrest record. I had to pay a bunch of money to take my record off the various sites that had it up, and even now there is one google result record up without a mugshot that, it seems, will just be there forever, because apparently there's no way of taking it down.

The whole horrible thing made me feel so pathetic and humiliated. I'm now extremely paranoid. Has anyone else been arrested for shoplifting and find that it still affects them deeply?
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Re: Being arrested and going to jail

Postby Lanny Heck » Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:56 am

Sounds like a terrible situation. Has the experience of being arrested, with the associated bad feelings you described, worked to suppress your desire to shoplift - or has there been no difference?
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Re: Being arrested and going to jail

Postby HopeDESPAIR » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:22 am

Yes-arrested four times in all. I was lucky to avoid a criminal conviction. I know its a worry about the goggle entry but its only for shoplifting and not armed robbery or child abuse. You could easily explain it as a period of mental illness if ever asked. Plus the more years that go by the less relevant it will be.
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