hi. a friend and i were caught shop lifting at a jcpenny store about 3 weeks ago. we stole about $30 dollars worth of merchendise (first time offense. completely stupid and don't plan on doing it again). when we were taken to the back room, a police officer was there for a few minutes but then left after he saw how little we stole. the LP guy told us we'd get fined up to $200. i don't know if he meant both of us or each one of us individually? it wouldn't make sense to fine both of us for that amount because only one set of items was stolen...but i don't know. we received info in the mail about a court date. however there was nothing about a fine. is that going to be discussed in court? the letter said the "purpose" for going to court was to get finger printed that's all. i was reading on here about diversion programs. should i ask for one if it applys? i'm from PA if that helps. i also read about getting public defender. how would i go about doing that? if it was even worth getting one?
any help would be appreciated very much. thankyou!