Ok...stupid decision does not make you stupid. You made a mistake and now you have to deal with it.
A first offense shoplift does not usually lead to a criminal record. There will likely be a plea offer to a lesser charge that will lead to avoiding a permanent criminal record. Ask the judge to appoint an attorney for you.

Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)