i was caught shoplifting today, the total was under $50 i think, and the police were called. i was issued a ticket, and the officer informed me that the charge would be on my record forever.
i've been looking around online, and am wondering how to go about getting the charge removed from my record, and if expungement is the solution for that. they gave me a court date if i wish to contest the charge, so i'm wondering if it would be inappropriate to try to get it expunged when i go in for the court date, or if i should contact a lawyer.
oh, and i'm in wisconsin.
any help would be appreciated.