State I live in: Wisconsin
ok so me and my friends were gonna pull a prank we were gonna put some items into a basket and leave it by the hidden hallway by the entrance where there was a little kids ride and silly string it, because theres a hidden hallway and we grab a bunch of ridiculous items like lipstick, chicken, and markers, we put the items in a bag because we forgot to grab the basket and while we were heading to entrance by the hidden hallway the security worker stopped us and accused us of shoplifting, we past the electronic security, but we DIDNT leave the store yet with the items because we werent shoplifting. But we got stopped before we could unload the items, i got charged with shoplifting because it was my bag, and so i can choose to apprear in court or pay the fine, the cop advised me to appear in court, but never mentioned a lawyer or anything to me, just to go to court to make a plea
so im wondering do i need a lawyer to apprear in court, or should i get one, i wasnt arrested or brought into custody, he said it something small so they were just gonna give me a ticket,
it never even appreared in my head that we were shoplifting, we just had to put the items in the bag because our silly string and toys we brought along didnt fit in my bag so we had some people waiting outside to bring some stuff in and we were just gonna silly string a ride with some items in it, it never even appreared in my head, i guess that was stupid
long story short, do i need a lawyer to apprear in court with me if i wasnt arrested, i know i can ask for a public defender, but dont they only ask if you need one the day of, i want to be prepared. Please help!