My question involves criminal law for the state of: CALIFORNIA
I am 25 years old and I was caught shoplifting at Macys and a report was filed through their Loss Prevention team and video was documented as well. This is my first offense ever and I don't know anything of the law. I was booked and arrested and am now out on bail, charged w Penal Code 459. For my court date, should I hire a lawyer to represent or go with the DA? What charges should I expect? Please help, all advice is appreciated.