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    Default First Time Offence Shoplifting - What to Expect?

    Thank you in advance..
    I did a dumb thing and shoplifted about $45 worth at a local Grocery Store.

    This is my first time offence, and even though I was very calm and cooperative, I was arrested.

    What can I expect in court next month?
    I live in CA

    I've had a time to self-reflect, and in the end, I am glad I got caught.. I am ashamed that I have allowed my morals to drop so low as to give myself permission to steal..

    I'm not too worried about the fine. I honestly feel I deserve that. I am worried about doing a lot of community service, because I am a mother of 6 going on 7 children. Not sure how we will swing the childcare to do the hours...

    Nor do I want my children to find out about this until everything is over. And then I will use it as a teaching tool.. embarrassing as that is..

    I am so close to my bachelor degree.
    I guess I am asking what everyone else is asking...
    Can I get this off my record? so that I can still get a good job when all my babies are in school?

    Please don't flame me for being a mother guilty of such an awful crime. I know, and believe me, I am already doing that...

    TIA

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    I suggest you consult a criminal defense lawyer to see if there is a way to avoid a conviction. What will happen in court? That depends upon what type of court hearing is scheduled.

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    that's what I was thinking.. but we are quite worried about the costs of hiring a lawyer.

    That depends upon what type of court hearing is scheduled.
    well its for code 488 (c) Misdemeanor Petty theft..
    is that what you mean?

    What is the process, do I get assigned a public defender, tell HIM that I am guilty, and have him bargain for the best-case scenario?
    or.. what is the process? and how long can this be drawn out?

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    Center, Petty Theft is not that harsh the first offence, probation (informal) and community service and a small fine are the usual norm. That IS getting off easy, the max (which you won't see unless you really piss off the judge) is $1,000 fine and 1 yr in jail. The judge won't hang you out to dry they will work with you as long as you are truly 'ready to come to Jesus' as they say. It won't be a walk in the park but it'll all work out.

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    Thank you PaulE...
    The judge won't hang you out to dry they will work with you as long as you are truly 'ready to come to Jesus' as they say
    lol...
    but in reality, I've truly had a change of heart, but I don't want to appear as "just saying that" with an ulterior motive..

    I guess it comes down to, how much community service hours is normally required? hundreds of hours, tens of hours?
    I don't work right now because I care for 6 children and am expecting our 7th.. The childcare costs will be so high..
    honestly, that is my true worry. I don't imagine that they would put me in jail, after reading everyone else's experiences..
    I wonder if I could qualify for a diversion program, i.e., counseling or a class? Perhaps, that is wishful thinking though...

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    Center....I've seen little punks with bad attitudes get a couple of week-ends picking up trash for Cal Trans, you with a good attitude might be in that range or less. Not 100's or 1,000's.....maybe 24-48 hrs, it's hard to say. You might get lucky and not get any Comm. Serv. who knows.

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    thank you again PaulE....

    guarenteed though, THIS will NEVER happen again...

    good lesson learned, painful though.. but good..

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    Even when you make dumb moves, there comes a time to let yourself off the hook and stop beating yourself up. Be good......Paul

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    thanks again...
    I look at the fines, etc.. as a way to "buy" my dignity back...

    sigh..
    good nite!

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    Unhappy Re: First Time Offence Shoplifting - What to Expect?

    After being subscribed to new stronger anti-depressents that the dr. said could have small to a large amount of a sydefect on me, i blacked out and not too long after i was being escorted to the security room for shoplifting, i cooperated with them fully.
    After awhile and finally being able to start to forget what happened, i got a letter in the mail from the walmart corperation i think, lettin me know what my fine would be for what i had done. $150 of it is payed and i have $100 left. and it will be fullly paid off in the next day or so.

    on January 6th i have to go to juvinial court. After what happened,i have for sure learned my lesson and will never do it agian. I feel so stupid for what i've done. I've been told that when i go in there, all that will really happen will, the judge will state the case, ask me wheather i plea guilty or not guilty; i will plea guilty.

    Is that how it will go? And what will happen to me? This is my first offence and i am a minor.

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