Shoplifting in orange country, CA. 1st offense
So here is our situation:
25 days ago, my best friend and I attempted to steal books from our college bookstore. We were approached (by an undercover bookstore security) as we exited and then ran. They sent about 4 cop cars for us, but we were able to get away. I dropped my bag knowing that I had no traceable information, but my friend was not as fortunate. She had this device in her bag that is linked to her school ID. There have been no official charges, but the school sent her a letter saying she has "allegations on theft," and is forcing her to see the dean. Her parents have convinced her to confess and tell the dean that it was an act of desperation. Tuition and textbook prices have significantly risen in the past year. On top of that, they are in debt and struggle to keep her in school.
Would it be correct to assume that the dean/police are going to cut her a deal so that they can identify me? If so, will I get a more severe punishment? How much more severe? Would it be better for me to confess? If I’m going to give myself up, should I have a lawyer with me?
I had a $150 Textbook, she had a $120 textbook. $270 total. We've stolen from here before on different dates, can they add all these up to grand theft (assuming they take the time to go through all of the surveillance tapes)?
I know some of these questions are too hypothetical, but I would really appreciate your input. School is very important us, we both are bio majors (really competitive in this university) and are in the top 10 percentile in our classes. We both have a lot to lose . I just want to know the best way route to getting the most minimal punishment.
Thanks for all the input