My question involves criminal law for the state of: Arizona
Recently I was charged with two misdemeanors on account of shoplifting at Macy's. The items stolen totaled less than $100. I would not have been arrested or brought to the police station if the goods had not been "damaged" - the cops had to be involved for this reason and I was placed under arrest.
I was charged with a misdemeanor for shoplifting and another misdemeanor for concealment or "concealed" shoplifting,both for the same issue. My court date is two weeks and I'm unsure what consequences I will be facing. I am scared that jail time or incarceration will be the outcome. I'm only 18 and I'm a student and I don't want to disappoint my family by going to jail at such a young age. Is there a large chance I'll have to spend time in jail or is there a better chance that I can just pay a fine and take a diversion class to expunge my record? Shoplifting was the biggest mistake of my life and I will never do it again if they give me the chance to pay back the wrong that I committed.