I'm 29 and I got caught shoplifting at a Walmart in CA. I concealed items in a stroller and in my diaper bag. The lp guy stopped me as I walked out and said that the police were on their way. So I had my 3 kids with me, a 7 yo, 9yo and 2 yo. My older girls have no idea that I've ever stolen anything, so I'm thinking of a way to distract them, and I hand them some cash and tell them to get something to eat and that I'll be right back. I spend a couple of hours in the lp office. Durring that time an officer comes. He wants to call my dh to come get the kids, but I'm freaked out, I really didn't want my dh to know about any of this. I finally give him dh's number, but he can't get ahold of him. So he starts talking about calling cps, and I'm terrified that my kids are about to be taken away. The lp guy asks what I stole, why, I'm pretty honest with him. The cop finally lets me go with what looks like a ticket. It has a court date on it (tomorrow, the 31st). It also says I have to get booked.
I was going to go get booked this week, but I've been really sick since monday. So I didn't get booked, but I do have to go to court tomorrow.
I'm pretty sure that the store has video of me stealing on other occasions.
So, I know this sounds stupid, but how should I plea? I know I'm guilty. I feel terrible about what I did. I'm embarressed, ashamed. Getting caught really woke me up. My husband is mad at me... I obviously feel bad that I got caught, but mostly I can't believe that I did something so stupid and selfish.
My ticket only had the shoplifting charge written on it. Can they add other charges on to this? I've read on these forums about "child endangerment." If I just plead guilty tomorrow, will this all be over?
Another thing I noticed was that the LP guy said, "you'll just go to court, plead guilty.." But it was just kind of weird like he had some interest in my pleading guilty. Does it make a difference to him?
Thanks for reading this.
Oh, also, I can't afford to hire a lawyer. I was going to get my court date postponed, but they wouldn't let me. So now I have to go tomorrow and I'm really not prepared at all.