This week I was caught shop lifting @ Target.. The undercover lost prevention cops detained me, the stuff i stole (video games) was averaging $114. They took me into the security room, handcuffed me and gathered my information and saw that i had a CLEAN RECORD.. I was asking the officer if i would go to jail, but since i was cooperative he said no and uncuffed me. Then Target security took pictures of me, and my information as well. (they didnt tell me if i was banned for the store or anything about a civil demand) But the police officer gave me a notice telling me i need to appear in court Mar 20, they didnt call my parents though.. . Theres so many questons I need answered. Iam so terrfied the worst part is my parents doesnt even know yet and i dont know how to explain. I dont want to go to jail, and I dony want a criminal record. Friends told me to call target and apologize or see if I could just pay a fine.. but I think its too late for that.
1) Okay Iam 17 now(when the crime was committed), when i go to court Ill be 18. Do you think they will try me as an adult?
2) Since ill be 18 by then.. I have no way of having my record cleared?
3.) What are my chances of going to jail? I have a clean criminal record.
4.) What should I do at court? I cant afford a lawyer, Iam thinking about appointing one. Alot of people tell me I shouldnt plead guilty.. why is that?.. .I did commit the crime
Please respond anyone who knows information or has been in the same position I would really love to hear from u.. My nerves have been soo bad, cant sleep, havent been eating.. I'd really appreciate it.. Thank you