I was arrested for shoplifting $105 worth of merchandise at J.C Penny's. It is my first offense. I was told that i would get my court date in the mail (I haven't gotten it yet), but i was also told that if i were to do a shoplifters offenders program before i went to court that it would look better. Is that true? Another thing, is there any hope to get it expunged off my record with the Pretrial Diversion program ?