My question involves criminal law for the state of: Vermont.
I was caught shoplifting from Macy's Department store in Vermont. The total amount of items stolen is 150 dollars. I made the poor decision of at first supplying the loss prevention associates with false information. When the police showed up i continued to supply the false information in nervousness and supreme stupidity. Shortly after i came clean about my false identification. I was arrested then and taken to the police station so that they could verify my correct information. I made a horrible mistake by shoplifting and continued to make horrible decisions out of fear. I was careless and didnt realize how selfish and destructive my actions were and regret the harm and pain that I have caused a significant amount.
The Macy's loss prevention associate told me that the store would seek 300 dollars in restitution and that i should pay it as soon as possible (since i could not pay it up front). While at the police station I was only given a citation though for giving false information to a police officer. Does this mean that the burlington police department did not charge me for shoplifting but only for false information? Do i have two charges going against me now even though i received only a citation for one? This is my first offense of any kind and in such a case would i qualify for diversion?
Also i writing a letter of apology to macy's because i truly feel despicable for the action i committed and want them to know. Would it be legally unsavvy to send such a letter without consulting an attorney first.
I am so sorry for what i did and so scared and afraid. Can someone please help me? thank you.