My question involves criminal law for the state of: Tennessee
I'm currently residing in TN, I shoplifted about $100, maybe a little more worth of a couple things from Best Buy and got caught. It will not happen again, I can assure you... But what can I expect in court?
I assumed I would go in and plead guilty, but after reading a few forum posts I'm not sure if that's what's going to go on.
I expect some kind of fine, some community service, but how long will this stay on my record? Is there any way to keep it off my record? I don't have a job as of now, but would I be able to pay off a public defender over time?
I am currently looking for a job as I just moved to TN and I have a feeling having this on my record will really hinder that search, but I don't want to stand up in front of a judge and look like a jerk if I say "not guilty, your honor".