My question involves juvenile law in the State of: North Carolina.
Im 17 and was with a friend, who is also 17, at JcPenny. We we're caught shoplifting $14 worth of stuff trying to walk out. An LP man brought us to the back and I was very cooperative unlike my friend who lied about his age several times. The police came and took down our information and gave us a citation. There was no court fee or any money involved on that citation. Im scared to tell my mom and I need help. This is my first offense!
1- Do i need to bring my Mom when i go to Court?
2- Since there was no money on the citation, will i still have to pay any additional costs?
3- Would the cost of an attorney help me more than hurt since it is a first time offense?
4- What are my probable legal consequences?
5- Could it be just a slap on the wrist?