My question involves criminal law for the state of: Washington.
All right I got caught shoplifting Claires. It was so stupid of me. I'm a good little girl who has never lied or stolen before in my entire life. The thing was, I had actually started out stealing and then decided to undo what I had stolen and then forgot I was going to do it. Hard to believe? I have very bad fibromyalgia and get really bad fibro fog where I forget what I do and I get confused easy. I honestly fully intended to put everything back. It was one little thing. You know what else is ridiculous? I bought thirty dollars worth of merchandise, one of the things being identical to the thing I actually stole.
Well after I bought everything, the lovely employee waited to grab me until AFTER I was outside of the store, so that she could actually press charges. And here I am, not having a clue I'm being busted, because I literally forgot there was something I could be busted for. Then I realize what happens, and I silently say "oh shit". Honestly I think that if I had consciously been stealing and was fully aware of why she was calling me back in, I would have pretended I didn't hear her and keep walking, since legally she cannot detain me. But now maybe it's good, I learned my lesson.
Anyways, she takes me back to security and I honestly don't even say a thing. A cop came and read me my rights, and I really didn't answer any of his questions he asked, besides "I don't know." I was just polite and straight faced and just signed stuff and whatever. At one point the cop actually got in my face and was quite rude to me. I understand that this store gets a lot of shoplifters, like crazy, but this was a little over the top.
They banned me from the malls and all of the stores around the mall, and I have a court date set for next month.
This is my first offense, of any kind (including tickets, etc). The problem is I'm barely eighteen, so I know they will be rough on me.
I definitely have a lot of help on my side, from what I've researched, as far as how I was treated, my illness, and other things here and there. The thing is, and I know that I will probably not get any help here as soon as I utter these words, but I really don't want to go to court and plead guilty. There are so many holes and gaps in this story that I could stick my foot into, and I really don't want a flood of "oh that's stupid just buck up and take it". I want mature respectful answers on the options I have here. I don't want a character lecture, I just want to know plain and simple what I have to do. Something very easy for me to say was that I simply had it in my pocket to hold while I decided on which items to buy and forgot about it. Which still is terrible on my part but is a lot better than me maliciously stealing. Which, again, was my full intent, but wasn't what I was actually going to carry out once I thought about it.
Since I have an attorny that will represent me, I have been told I will not have to speak at the trial.
What should I expect at the trial? What evidence will they use? I'm inquiring about testimonies, security camera footage, etc. I have reciepts of what I bought, a doctor's note explaining how I'm ill, etc. Please help me out here. I am seriously freaking. I am very upset at how I was treated today, and I know that's not very fair of me to say, but I was treated horribly over a six dollar pair of earrings. Help me out guys. I need to know what is safe to approach my attorny with. Thank you.