I live in california. I found a money order for $220.00 in a parking lot with nothing filled out. The reciept stub was also attached. I just thought of it like finding some money on the ground, so i used it to pay my utilities bills. a month or two later a cop showed up at my house and issued me a ticket for a misdemeanor petty theft (traced it from the utility company). This is my first offence, (aside from a traffic infraction.)
I didn't even think of it as stealing. I try to be a law abiding citizen. I don't want to steal from anyone, much less have a criminal record.
Is this something i should be super worried about? Should i have a lawyer? Is it likely i could get it knocked down to an infraction? Would bringing a replacement money order as a sign of good faith be a good or bad idea?
any advice would be super appreciated. Thank you.