My question involves criminal law for the state of: CA
i was charged with a petty theft misdemeanor which was then reduced to a trespassing charge with a 2 year probation in March of this year/
5 months later, now i was an idiot and got caught shoplifting again except this time i was charged with burglary as a felony for a $75 item. i was booked this time and spent a night in the holding cell.
what kind of consequences do i face if i get myself a lawyer vs public defender? i fit the profile of a kleptomaniac, compulsive theft of minor items even when useless, can i possibly enter a program to help my claim to show evidence that i'm trying to correct my ways?
i'm worried about violating probation and the prior petty theft on my record eventhough its been reduced. what are my chances on reducing jailtime if any to community service?
i am a full time student at UCSD in my last year of college who's finally learned my lesson with plans to look forward to in the future. how can i plead, any advice as to actions i can take?
thanks soooo much!!