State: New York
I was caught shoplifting yesterday, it was my first time ever committing a crime (biggest mistake I've ever made). Whathappened was that the policeman wrote me a F.A.T., stating Petit Larceny Misdemeanor, and a date to show up in court in February, then I was free to go. I am not getting a very good picture of this whole situation, so please provide me any useful advices.
I've learned my lesson...still I am so worried that this mistake I've made will ruin my future...being a college student that I am, plans to become an optometrist in the future.
-If I plead guilty in court, what would happen after that? Would that record stay permanently? Any chance of expungement or lenience for 1st timers? Should I get a lawyer? If so, how soon should I contact a lawyer? Is this record going to impact negatively on applying to professional school, acquiring a license to practice optometry or even being able to be employed at all in the future? Will I have trouble flying at all,i.e. record shows up in passport?
the most regretful person you will ever encounter......