My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
Age at time: 23__First time, clean record
This is my first offence and I am ashamed to say that I got a yellow ticket yesterday for shoplifting 4 pairs of Jeans (2 times in same day) worth 935 dollars from Macy’s in the Mall.
1st time, I removed the sensors in the fitting room and took 2 pairs of jeans out and put in the car and I came back the 2nd time after an hour did the same thing and When I walked out of the store, a loss prevention worker caught me. Later they said they saw me in the camera during the first time but they were busy. I was taken to the back room, found the 2 jeans from my bag, questioned by the store staff that noted down the information and let me sign the “do not come back” form. After the police came one of the store staff took my car key and went to my car got the 1st 2 pairs of jeans back. None of the merchandise had been harmed except the 3 sensors. The police took me to the police station in the mall and gave me the ticket (PC 484(A)/PC 490.5(A) Misdemeanor) with the court date (072511) and let me go.
I am very ashamed; this is my first and last time. I an international student majoring in computer science with only one month left until I graduate. I have a lot of stress and I’ve been taking “Trazodane” pill for months from school health center to help with depression. I am very scared. I am afraid I will not get a job and apply further immigration action.
My question is
1. What will happen to me? Go to jail and leave a record? Is the record removable?
2. What is the best way to minimum the case?
3. Does it also affect my future employment since I am an international; applying for H1B working visa (I might apply very soon)?
Please reply, any help is appreciated greatly.