I was charged with 3rd degree theft in early 2008. I had been employeed at a retail store and in order to audition for a dream of mine. I needed the money to audition and to get to the audition. I stole a little over $600 from the store. I had fully intended to pay the store back once I had the money, but they caught me too soon and had me arrested and terminated from the job. I wrote out a written statement admiting i was guilty and explaining what happened. The boss of the store did also. I have a clean record other than traffic violations and being in jail for that one night really taught me a lesson. My court date has been drawn out for far too long, it is now 2009 and i finally got a letter in the mail today stating when my court date was. It is a month away and I guess I'm wondering what to expect. I do have an attorney that the state is paying for as to I cannot afford my own. I am basically wondering I guess if there will be jail time involved and an estimate on the fines. I guess I'm just REALLY scared.