I know this is going to sound really bad and really stupid and I REALLY don't want anyone lecturing me about the mistakes that I've made so please don't.
Back in November I was extremelly stressed out from several different factors and I started up an old habit: shoplifting. Well, I got caught. And the worst part is is that I had my newborn baby with me. Well, the store called the cops b/c I didn't have my i.d. on me. The cops arrived put me in cuffs and repeatedly told me that I wasn't gonna get to see my baby again and that she was gonna get taken away by DFS. So when they asked me if I had other stolen merchandise located in my car I told them that I did. It had been a particularly bad day and I had gone to several different stores. After confessing they took the cuffs off me and let me hold my baby again. The cop then called my mom and had her pick the baby up and took me down to the station to get booked and processed. I had to spend four hours in their "holding area" and then they let me go without charging me.
When I was leaving the cop told me that he wasn't quite sure what I would get charged with. Either shoplifting the $150 at the store where they caught me OR they would add everything together and charge me with a felony.
Well, they decided to charge me with the felony. I found out before I left the station that that was what they were gonna do. Now I'm supposed to sit it out and wait for the warrant to get issued. I've contacted a few lawyers but I have no $ right now so I can't hire one. But I have gotten the same advice from all of them and that is that I can not be charge with a felony because 1) I was only caught with $150 of merchandise on me and 2) the stuff in my car was from other stores and other incidents so they could not combine them into one.
It's been four months and now I'm walking around on eggshells afraid to breathe in case they have issued a warrant. But I check casenet every other day and nothing has shown up so I'm wondering IF they are going to reduce the charge to what it should be or if they are just really slow at doing their job.