Hi, first off I would like to say that I am literally sick to my stomach about what I did, it was a momentary lapse in judgment.
I went to the mall today to stretch my legs on a rainy day and do a little shopping, I have never shoplifted before or committed any crimes before.. EVER! Anyways, I attempted to steal a dress from one of the stores and was consequently stopped right outside the doors and escorted back to the back office and given papers to sign etc while awaiting the arrival of LEO's. The dress was $49 I believe, and in my statement I admitted to taking it but not to any form of premeditation (as there was none)
I was terrified and crying because my husband in currently deployed to Iraq and I had my 4mo son with me. The LEO was very sympathetic and reassuring that nothing major will come of this.. but I need to know what is going to happen? I have yet to talk to my hubby about this as I am worried it may stress him out too much with him being in a war zone and all.. He is scheduled to come home in August and I am truly hoping there is some way that I can get this all taken care of and he'll never need know about it. **Arraignment is set for June 22nd**
I cannot afford a lawyer and honestly I just want to pay any fines and not do community service (I do not know anyone who could watch my son and do not have money for childcare) to get it far into my past as soon as possible. I also need it to be taken off of my record (or possibly dropped to a disorderly conduct) so that my husbands career is in absolutely no way affected by my actions.
Also, this was a first offense and I have absolutely no criminal record what so ever.
On to the questions:
-Typically how long does the process take?
-What happens during the process?
-Will I need legal representation in order to get a plea agreement?
-Will this permanently be on my record?
-How much will the fine be?
-Can they add more charges or will it for sure only be the one?
-Will we still be able to take our planned vacation out of state in August?
Anything else you can tell me about this is greatly appreciated, I have no clue what will happen!
Less on the legal side: If there is no way I can keep my husband from finding out.. How the hell do I tell him?!