Sacramento County, California, USA
First time offense of Petty Shoplifting (one charge), approx $32 USD.
I don't have anything on my record, not even a speeding ticket. I received a citation for a misdemeanor, was told I would get court date information in approx 3 weeks. Was told that since this is my first offense and I have a spotless record, an expungement (?) would be possible.
I am willing to get a lawyer if I need one, but do I need one in this case? I am competent and capable of speaking with a judge, but I don't know the law specifically and if I can do anything to reduce this.
Can I get these charges dropped, or lessened in any way? Infraction? Diversion program? Community Service? Anything???
Your speedy advice is appreciated and thank you.