I removed $45 merchandise from a CA rite aid store without paying for it. I was booked under CA PC 484 (a), which is a misdemeanor office.
It was my first offense and, due to the nature of my job, I cannot have a record!
Can the judge change a misdemeanor for petty theft into an infraction?
Is this something I can do myself at trial or do I need an attorney?
Thanks in advance!