My question involves criminal law for the state of: South Carolina
I've been accused of stealing about $15 worth of groceries from walmart. I was in self check out instead of taking everything out my cart I would scan a single item twice instead of having to take both of the same item out of the cart. example, if I had 2 packs of hot dogs I would scan one pack 2 times and then put both packs in the bag. I always do this. Its a habit I picked up as a cashier.
Looking back I should have been paying more attention but 4 of my items that I did this with did not scan the second time. When I was stopped from leaving to store and asked to the back office they went over my reciept and a few of the items that I bought 2 of didn't pick up on the second scan. I honestly didn't notice but loss prevention felt like it was intentional and the police were called and I've been given I ticket to show up in court.
I have never been charged for anything. The only encounters I have had with police are traffic tickets. My record is absolutely clean and I really can't afford to have this on my record. Im a new graduate and looking a for a new job and I feel like a misdemeanor will hinder me on my job search.
What are the odds of the case being thrown out completely? Should I try and get some money for lawyer? At no point was I asked to pay for the items which I could have easily done. It was honest mistake but Walmart security swears it was on purpose.