Today I went to court charged with 484 (a)/488 and was offered a plea agreement because I had no priors. Basically i had to plea guilty, do community service, pay civil demand, and report back in 6 months and my plea will be withdrawn and case will be dismissed. The civil demand is 500$ from h&m and my shoplifted items were about 45$. The security guard was on his normal shift and the items were returned undamaged. Is there any way I can negotiate with them to lower the fine? (The fine is out of my budget because I am a college student from a low income family, and my letter says it is due in 19 days from today) If so, how much should I pay for the civil demand?