My question involves criminal law for the state of: FL
I feel really badly about what i did. I was shopping at JC Penney and got caught stealing a pair of earrings ( $60.00) I have never in my life broken any laws and never will ever again. This has caused me so much stress, can't sleep or eat and have not told any one because I feel so ashamed of myself. I'm a single mother with 3 teens that i love so much and have always tried to take them in the right direction. All I cant think of was my kids when they pulled me into that room, and I thought my life was over.
They told me they had me on video, took my picture, called the police and made a CD, when the police arrived he took my license and ran it, since it was my first offence ever, he told me to sign 2 papers and gave me a court date (5/17/2011) He also explained if I missed court I could have a warrant for my arrest, which I do not intend to do. Believe me I would do anything to correct this mistake. I'm so scared of going to jail, or loosing my job or even for them to find out about it
-would I have a criminal record on file?
-can Jc penney inform my employer of this?
-would I need to hire a lawyer?
Really any advise would be greatly appreciated!