My question involves criminal law for the state of: New York.
I was recently caught shoplifting 2 shirts worth $108 from a local retail store. I was not arrested at the scene but given a summons. I am 18. This is my first time in trouble with any sort of law. My court date is coming up in a few months, and I have already paid the Civil Demand fee to the store, which was $500.
Getting a lawyer is really out of the question for me, so I was wondering whether to plead "guilty" or "no contest" and which is the more likely to get this as a violation and not a misdemeanor on my record.
I completely realize the consequences of what I have done and that my life may be forever changed for the worse...especially for work. I would rather not leave this up to what kind of a day the judge is having, if I get lucky, etc.
Thank you everyone and I appreciate the help extremely...I just want this nightmare to be over with.