You need to appear, ask for a PD to assist if you can't hire an attorney...see what your attorney an work out.
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Get an attorney. It is quite possible that an alternative sentence can be worked out that can get your citation dismissed.
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In Sacramento, the District Attorney will likely offer you the option to take a theft class (diversion) and then the matter will be dropped. It would not count as a conviction on your record - but would count as a prior if you re- offend.
You can use the public defender or you can hire a private attorney ahead of time.
Contact a lawyer in Sacramento. The DA's office might have a diversion program for a first time theft offense. A defense attorney from that County will know all the options. Good luck!