My question involves criminal law for the state of: Indiana
1 month ago, I did something terrible. I was working at walmart at the time, and a few weeks before I found out I was pregnant. I didn't have insurance and I had been saving up all of my paychecks to go to the doctor. I went on break and got a 1/2 lb of turkey lunchmeat, and a 1/4 lb of cheese so I could have lunch at home. I stole the products and 2 days later a woman Drew me into the office because I had been caught.
She knew how much it cost; $12; and she proceeded to try and get me to confess to other things. She said she knew I had stolen other things and she said I had to fill out a statement.
Firstly, I didn't steal anything else. I have never stolen anything else in my entire life. Secondly I didn't know until the end of the statement that I didn;t have to fill out a statement, because it felt as if I was being forced. I proceeded to quit my job, out of sheer embarrassment.
yesterday I received a summons to court to answer to a class A misdemeanor charge.
So I was wondering if Wal-Mart can legally press charges if it is less than $20. Otherwise I'm thinking that they changed the amount to make it over $20.
Another question is "do I have any rights in this matter?'
If it helps, I am 19 and this is my first ever charge. the only thing I have ever been in trouble for is I got a seatbelt ticket a year ago.
Also how bad is a Class A misdemeanor, and what kind of punishment is entailed?