My question involves criminal law for the state of: Illinois
I was caught shoplifting at a local Walmart. Totaling $28, I cooperated and gave all the asked for information to the LPs. The police were called and I was brought down to the station, fingerprinted and photographed.
I am 18 years old, 19 in a few days, this was my first time offense for ANYTHING, no speeding tickets or anything.
I am living on my own and obviously do not want to go to my parents about this, but I am not sure when to seek legal help, attourneys, court appointed lawyers or what not. I have very little money and just want to go about this thing as quickly and painlessly as possible. my own guilt and humiliation is more punishment than anything.
But, I am wondering if I should plead guilty, I know I am guilty, I just want to get this whole thing over with; but am not sure if that's the right move.
Also, I am not sure what kind of financial dent this is going to put in my bare wallet.
Please help, I just want to put all of this behind me