So I want to write a self-help book on how I became Rich from being poor I want to write about my struggles from when I was poor which is including stealing for groceries and other things that I needed. Is it illegal to write about this in the book and if not can I write about what stores or what I had to steal to put in more detail or should I just plainly put that I stole stuff that I needed and that's it so I don't cause any trouble with any companies or with myself. I know it's kind of a dumb question but I wanted my book to be a detailed as possible so I want to make sure that I will not get in trouble for writing about illegal activities.

  • Just to clarify - you were the one who (in real life) stole items. Nov 4, 2020 at 17:30
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    I think this may be a question for Law.SE rather than Writing.SE. Either way, might I ask when and where these offences took place? If they happened long enough ago that your country's statute of limitations has expired, then (AFAIK) you cannot legally be prosecuted for them.
    – F1Krazy
    Nov 4, 2020 at 17:36
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    I’m voting to close this question because it belongs on Law.SE (asking a legal question).
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Nov 4, 2020 at 19:02
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    This may be a duplicate of this Law SE question: law.stackexchange.com/q/3381/5348
    – Laurel
    Nov 4, 2020 at 21:02
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    This question is a poor fit for SE, including Law.SE. OP likely wants advice that is personal to his situation. However, only a lawyer can provide this advice.
    – Brian
    Nov 7, 2020 at 17:17

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Depending upon the country you're in, this could amount to a confession. You could end up in legal trouble. It's best to check with a local lawyer.

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