My question involves criminal law for the state of: South Dakota
I was recently caught taking a $17 item from a store in South Dakota. I've never done anything like this before and I still don't know why I did it or what I was thinking. It was stupid and impulsive. But I did it and now I need some advice. I already paid the company the Civil Penalty I owed them and called to apologize to the management. I still have to appear in court though and I don't want this to be on my record. I have a clean record til now...the only other run-ins I've had with the law was one seatbelt ticket a few months ago. Other than that I've never been in trouble. I can't afford to hire a private attorney and I just want to make this go away and get it over with, but I don't want a conviction of petty theft on my record. What should I say when I go to court as my plea and that sort of thing. This is all new to me so I have no clue. Please help!!