I shoplifted from walmart, I have no criminal record at all, not even a parking ticket, am insanely stressed out. I have paid my civil demand letter, I have my court date in less than eight days and have no clue what to do. It was a stupid mistake that is making me feel so ashamed, I just threw away 23 years for nothing. I just want some advice as to what I should be doing. I haven't told my parents, the only people who know are my partner and my best friend. I am currently working at the VA in one of their offices through a contract with a temp agency. I also have a background check going through in the next couple days. I would just like some advice, as well as what I should expect my future to look like.