My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
I was charged of petty theft in Costa Mesa. I have just turned 18 at the time of offense. I was charged with a theft of an item of $20 or less and this is my first offense. I have made the worst mistake in my life and I have learned a very valuable life lesson. I am just scared of what my consequences are for my crime and what I should expect.
Questions I am asking:
What are the consequences of my offense?
Should I get a attorney (of which I can in no way afford) and do I need one?
Would this offense stay on my record and would this have an affect in my employment opportunities?
And what is the best course of action I can take for my offense?