Ok Finally I got a civil demand letter from Kohl's seeking me the exact amount of the shoplifted amount of money. I do not plan to hire any attorney as I can't afford one. My court date is not until 1 more month and I have been trying to get free consultation from different attorneys. Pleading GUILTY is completing kicking ur own so I plan to stand MUTE at the court and seek a public defender which I believe would cost me less money. However, I am so confused at this moment.
1. Should I go ahead and pay the civil demand even if I am standing MUTE at the court?
2. Getting a diversion program >> Does it still make you have a criminal record??
3. What would the benefits of having ur personal attorney over a public defender?
Serious help please