My question involves criminal law for the state of: Colorado
My gf and I were caught shoplifting. A police came and gave us a court date. We are both 18 years old. I went to court for shoplifting about a year ago when I was still a minor, but I had not committed a crime the first time and so they let me do diversion. I don't think its been expunged yet though.. When I go to court, what should I expect? Will colleges revoke my acceptances and scholarships and will I still be able to travel internationally with a tourist visa in a few months? Would pleading guilty on the first court date be bad? Should I get an attorney? Will they use my juvenile records against me? The LP told me I tried to run because he grabbed my arm, however we hadn't even left the store yet.
I know I screwed up and this has made me severely depressed and I just don't know what to do. Shoplifting is a horrible crime. I'm a good person, a good student, very intelligent, and I have a lot going for me. Will this destroy my future as well as my international study plans?