My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
Okay, I attempted to take some white t-shirts today (worth about $23) at a JCPenny and was detained right outside of the premises by Loss Prevention Officers. They took down my information, and a cop ended up coming by. I was cited and he released me and he explained to me that I'll end up having to pay over $900 to $1000.
I've definitely learned my lesson. I was shaking the whole time and while in the room, just tried to keep calm by having a conversation with the LPOs about how their system works (and they were nice enough to explain how everything works and it was a good lesson. -Also a warning to those who are thinking of shoplifting, CCTV has eyes like a hawk, their cameras can rotate and zoom and everything.)
Well, back to the topic, I've been reading through a lot of these threads, and I was wondering if it is possible if a public defender can lower my charge to an infraction instead of a misdemeanor. I am in no state to pay for any of these charges since I already have to pay for some $128 j-walking fine and I'm 18, I have no job, no income, and no parental support anymore. Life has been quite hard on me lately.
If I can at least get it down to an Infraction, at least I will be in a better chance to pay the fine.
Can you show me the step by step on how I can possibly lower my charge? My court date is on May 27th and I cannot afford an attorney. What do I do???
-18 years old
-stolen stuff ($23)
-how to get misdemeanor lowered to infraction