My question involves criminal law for the state of: I was caught shoplifting.an under cover secuirty officer was following me around the store. not knowing this i took a few items. i knew i was wrong but i felt so awful not having a gift for a few family members. i just buried a family member and had no money whatsoever. the total came out to $80. which at the time i did have $100 on me but i had the money to pay my last 2 bills. I was horrified bcuz i hadmy youngest child w/ me. The officer told me i should have gone to jail but since it was the holidays and he didn't want to hand my child over to cps he would let me go but i had to appear in court in 14 days. I'm so ashamed of what i did and haven't told anyone in my family. When i go to court what will happen to me???
I've never been in trouble w/ the law with the exception of a ticket for running a red light when i was 17. i am now 22 and have no clue what it going to happen to me. Do i need a lawyer??