My question involves criminal law for the state of: Illinois
I made a STUPID mistake recently and was charged with retail theft in the state of Illinois.
I was alaso served a notice by the store to pay $200 and a Trepass Warning was issued.
The police officer was called in. I got a ticket from a police officer. The ticket is titled "Non Traffic Complaint and Arrest Ticket"
The ticket says "Without admitting guilt, I promise to comply with the terms of this citiation and individual bond."
I was asked to sign on the ticket saying that all charges are true. the ticket says that I need to pay $250 to the city.
There is also a Notice on the ticket which says "The court will issue a warrant for the arrest of any defendant who has failed to appear to answer an arrest ticket duly served upon him and upon which a complaint has been duly filed".
There is also a section in the ticket that says
Appearance Plea of Guilty and Waiver
I, the undersigned, do hereby enter my appearance on the complaint of this offense, charged on the ticket. I have been informed of my right to a trial, that my signature to this plea of guilty will have the same force and effect as a judgement of court.
I do hereby PLEAD GUILTY to said offense as charged, WAIVE my right to a HEARING by the court, and agree to pay the penalty prescribed for my offense."
My questions are:
What should I do?
Is this a misdemeanor?
I am ready to pay $250. If I send the amount, will my case be closed?
If this ticket ever go on my record?
If somebody does a background check, will this ticket show up?