okay so a few weeks ago i got busted for shoplifting and was arrested. for the past few weeks i have been freaking outta my mind not knowing what to do or who to talk to. I have talked to a few lawyers and they all said they can try to get this down to an infraction. The item i stole was only $49. One lawyer i talked to said he can even try to get it down to disturbing the peace and all i would have is to pay a fine. I also asked him if there were any diversion programs available that i can do since this was my first offense, he said no the state of california doesnt have anything like that. Wow..well that lawyer was charging me like $3500. I dont have that kind of money. I am full-time college student. So i had some good news. I got a letter over my holiday weekend. Its says that i am eligilbe to take this educational program, that they would give me 3 months to complete, it cost $400 and includes a workbook and video, plus i have to do community service, so if i complete everything by 3 months this whole case will get dissmissed from my record and i will owe no other fee to the courts. Wow am I lucky or what. It has been like almost 3 weeks since the incident happened and when i got caught the Loss Prevention guy had me signed a civil demand paper, and he said that the store would send me a letter in a few days , i havent got any letter or anything from them yet. Do you think there gonna make me pay still? how long should i wait for a letter from them or should i call them?