This is in regards to law in the state of California
So to be brief. I was caught shoplifting at Safeway and was charged with a Misdemeanor PC 484/488. I am currently 18, a college student, and has no criminal record before this incident. I have been feeling horribly the past few days, and just hope for this to be off my record. I made a mistake, and I just hope to get some advice on what's the best thing to do now. I've been reading this forum for a while now, and just have a few additional questions.
1. Is getting a diversion program/deferral program or reducing misdemeanor to infraction better?
2. How much does the diversion program usually cost? And how long does it usually last if I'm doing community service? Since I won't be around when school starts again.
3. Can I get a public defender? I've read in a few threads that if its your first offense and you don't face jail time, you can't get one. But with PC 484/488 I can potentially face jail time.
Thank you, and advice will be deeply appreciated.