I'm 20 years old. I was accused of shoplifting. I can honestly say that it was inadvertent, but obviously the security guard (and the police subsequently after that) did not believe me. I was arrested and taken to the station where I was fingerprinted and put in the system. I was released a few hours later and given paperwork citing my court date.
Overall, I'm just very confused. No one told me what to expect,or what to do next. I'm a full time student who also works. Obviously, with a part time job I don't have the money to cover legal fees, and I would like to avoid getting my parents involved if at all possible, but obviously my future is more important than my parents anger right now.
What should my next move be? Should I ask for a public defender? Any advise would be appreciated