My question involves criminal law for the state of: NJ
Unfortunately I got caught shoplifting for 3rd time.
1st time I was young and stupid, got caught stealing around Jackson worth of stuff but I showed up to the court, chatted with the judge (he was pretty nice) and paid some fines and the case was sealed lol.
2nd time idk I was desperate and had some issues. I stole some electronics worth like idk, lotta benji haha but same as 1st time I only had to pay some fines.
Now for the 3rd time I only stole around few hundred dollars worth of clothes but they are charging me with felony shoplifting (WTF? for some clothes????) because without discount price on that its like over a 1000 dolares. I had to stay in the station for a night because stupid pigs were out doing whatever and I had to wait till my officer to come back to the station.
I talked to the lawyers and they said they can definetely bring it down to misdimeanor at least but they are charging me from range of $1000 and 2000 dolares. SO Greedy!!
anyways do i have to get them or can I talk to the judge myself?
I dont want to spend so much money on stuff like this!! there are so many more violent criminals than just this I mean look what happened in colorado!!
anyways thanks for reading and give me some advices