My question involves criminal law for the state of: California, specifically San Mateo County
I recently got cited with petty theft in San Mateo, under $200. First time offense with the law. I'll spare you the unnecessary details of how much I feel like shit about it and cut straight to the chase...
Since this kind of thing has never happened to me before, not even for a traffic citation:
What do can I expect in court? I'll be called up by the judge and s/he will sentence me right away?
How can I find out if there are diversion programs available for me?
If I am a college student in another state, what typically happens? Will I just complete my sentence in another state?
In a case like mine, how likely is it for this to get reduced to an infraction? Depends?
I've already confessed everything to both police and the LP department and I plan on going in there with full on honesty with a guilty plea. Even going as far to offer information (to the LP) like how I have done this just ONCE before, truthfully. I probably shouldn't have even said that but I thought that this was my chance to let everything out and be a completely honest person. Will this also count against me in court? or, should I phrase the question: will this still count as a first time offense despite this confession?
Hopefully the law isn't blind to my cooperation and willingness to be open.
If anyone has experience and has a story to tell, please do. I am going crazy thinking about the future investments I have effectively gamboled away from this experience. Thank you in advance.