I live in CA, and i got caught shoplifting at target. The item i stole was priced at 69.99. I signed papers stating that i stole it, and they took pictures of me. A cop came and issued me a ticket and court date. This is my first offense and its the biggest regret of my life.
I just got a civil demand notice today and they are demanding 500.00.
I don't know what to do for my court appearance. I plan to pay the civil demand. I plan to plead guilty since they already have a paper saying that i stole it with my signature on it. Does anyone know how much the court is going to charge me? Will i get jail time? Community Service?
Does anyone know anything about expongements in CA. I will be graduating soon, and I don't want this stupid act to effect my future.
I also read about individuals hiring a lawyer. I don't know if its necessary in my case, but what do you guys think?
Thanks in advance.