A week ago from today my friend and I, both 16, were charged with petty theft. Walmart's policy states they can't press charges for items under 25 dollars. The items in my bag were 10 dollars maximum. I completely understand that what we did was wrong, I will never do that again. I feel genuinely horrible for doing something so despicable, however I feel that pressing criminal charges is out of line. I don't mind taking responsibility for my actions. In reference to my research, I understand that a civil demand letter and being fined is typically the consequence for shoplifting at Walmart. I'm willing to do this, however criminal charges is a bit over the top to me ;Especially considering what I took didn't exceed 10 dollars. Please help, it's very much appreciated.In addition, this is my very first offense. My court date is in early August, and I was hoping to negotiate with the manager of that particular Walmart alongside an attorney. I'm hoping to get the civil demand letter and pay whatever fine in exchange that they drop the charges, considering they're pressing charges for 10 dollar items when their policy instructs them to do otherwise. Furthermore, if there is nothing I can do to stop the charges, how can I get them expunged? Also, I was told that community service, probation, enrolling in a temporary disciplinary home, getting fined, and at the very most jail time would be what I'll be given in court. I'm very scared, I know what I did was wrong, but this is all very overwhelming.