I'm just trying to figure things out. I've read some of the postings on here, but thought if I posted, I could get some updated info. Here's my situation:
I was caught shoplifting from Jc Penneys. It was a $10.00 item. I was taken into a little room, the police were called, however I was not arrested. I was told there would be a warrant put out and the cops would come to my house to pick me up or I could turn myself in for arraignment. I told the officer that I would prefer to turn myself in because I live alone and have a young child, and I didn't want to be ina situation where I was going to jail and there was no one there to take care of him. He told me that I would not be notified when the warrant was issued. Basically leaving me in the dark and terrified to be at home. I asked them how long this process would take, they told me they were not sure. Anywhere from one day to several months. I also signed two pieces of paper....not sure what they were for, I was terrified, and didn't want to go to jail. The Penneys security gaurd told me that they would prosecute and that she would recommend a full sentence which is 93 days in jail. I know that I made a huge mistake and I
honestly don't even know why I did it. So, here it what I am wondering:
1. How long will this take?
2. Am I going to go to jail? This is a ? for other people that may have been in the same situation. As I said I have a young child and no one to care for him. So I would like to know in advance if I have to make arrangements for someone to care for him.
3. Is there a chance that this will not be prosecuted? Or is there something that I can do to make my chances of jail less likely?
4. I've read about a diversion program. I have searched it online for my state. Many counties here have it, but I haven't seen anything for my county, would there be any other option?
I know that the most common response is to get a lawyer, but I don't want to pay a lawyer if not neccesary. I have spoken to one, he didn't give me a lot of info, just basically told me to lay low and not get arrested. And gave me his rates. I was hoping to get a little more info here. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!