My question involves criminal law for the state of: Michigan
I'm a 23 year old broke college student that was caught shoplifting at a local grocery store near Grand Rapids. The misc. food items totaled to $53.00 and I was given a written notice of paying the store civil damages of $200.00. I was also given a court date in two weeks and I'm wondering what to expect.
I was polite and compliant with the security officer that caught me and the police officer that escorted me out of the building. I was not put in hand cuffs, but I was read my rights. I probably shouldn't have said anything, but I did verbally admit to stealing the items due to lack of employment/funds to pay for them.
Is there any way to prevent this from going on to my permanent record? I'm earning my master's degree in social work and do not want this infraction to cause me a potential job. Because it is my only offense (I've never even had a parking ticket) is it possible I may only have to pay fines? Or should I be preparing for community service/jail time/probation? I'm pretty upset about the whole thing and would appreciate it if someone could get back to me soon!