To anyone who can help:
I recently was charged at Wal-Mart in the state of Ohio for shoplifting with the total amounting to about $98. I went through the U-Scan line with my roommate with over $200 in groceries. What happened is I paid for about $130 and the rest was said to be stolen. We had many issues with the scanner scanning items several times only to find out they never went through and since there were no places to put the already purchased groceries we placed them in the cart covering up some items. Honestly it was just negligence on our part.... but obviously that doesn't matter to a store like Wal-Mart. We were charged and are now being prosecuted by Wal-Mart but w/o any trespassing charges. The police came got our information and we will be receiving court dates in the mail soon. My question is this what should I do in reference to this matter. I strongly don't agree with it and I do not need this stupid issue on my record. I am a college student who is also looking to apply to law school soon so I can't have it on my record because it might affect my future. What can and or should I do?
Whoever can help me thank you so much. Obviously I will be speaking with an attorney but I also just want outside advice. Please respond as quick as you can. Thanks.