I was charged with a class B misdemeanor theft charge. I realistically do not have over $1000 to spend on a lawyer, but I am terrified that this one time lapse of integrity will follow me around for the rest of my life. I have a good job and just want to make the right decision. I don't know if I will qualify for a lawyer appointed by the state or not.... do I take my chances and plead guilty to the district attorney? Do lawyers typically get paid in full or are payment plans available? Will they give consultations free of charge?