I live in Broome County New York and the items I stole were under the value of 50 dollars. This is my first offense and I cooperated with the police in every way possible. She knew I wasn’t a bad person and just made a mistake, and I feel terrible. I was not arrested but I have a court appearance. I can’t afford to get this on my record because im a graduate and job searching.
I would rather not pay for a lawyer if I dont have to. I know it depends from county to county but I am hoping for a diversion program or if its even possible, id pray for the misdemeanor to be dropped to a violation or just a fine.
Any advice from a attorney who has experience in New York state with first time cases such as these would be greatly appreciated. I can only have myself to blame for my actions.