I was arrested for shoplifting and charged with 488 pc - Petty theft (misdemeanor), and I'm located in CA, and this is my first-time offense. The merchandise's value was $49.99. I was fingerprinted and picture taken at police station.
Should I plead guilty or not guilty when I go to court?
I can't afford an attorney, so I guess I have to go with a public defender.
I haven't received any paper/notice from court or from the store, Fry's Electronics, I shoplifted. Actually, I got banned from that store.
Is that possible if my case can get reduced to infraction? What are my options?
Any help/advice would be really appreciated.