I was at Harris Teeter today and I got caught shoplifting $21.43 worth of groceries. They have an officer posted there, so we talked, I paid for the groceries, I signed a trespassing notice saying I am never allowed back at the store, he took my thumb print, and then he gave me a paper saying a I had a court summons on August 21st. My charge is petit larceny and this is in the state of Virginia. I never signed an admission of guilt, and the officer was clear about the paper work he gave me. For reference, I am 21 years old.
What I am concerned about is what to do next. Obviously I am going to appear in court. However, do I need to get a lawyer? Is there any meaning in that? I do not have a criminal history prior to this incident. Any advice would be grateful. Thank you.
You will have a criminal record that will dog you for life if you are convicted---get a criminal defense attorney IMMEDIATELY and stop admitting criminal acts on an open and public website that can be easily tied to you and used against you. Good luck to you.
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