Im 19 years old and the total ended up being $84. I signed papers in the store and was released after 3 hours because the police department was too busy at the time.
The next day I got a call from the police station asking me to stop by and talk to them so that they could get my side of the story. Once I got there, I spoke to an officer and he told me that I could leave at any time. I decided to stay and tell him my side of the story because I thought it was the best choice at the time. He was very helpful and gave me some information on what might happen. He said I was not arrested or will not go to jail.
My Q's are..
1. How can I get this off my record?
2. I cannot afford an attorney, so how can I get one?
3. Will the court notify my current job about this current situation?To add on... JC Penney also said they will be sending my something in the mail. I have a feeling that it is going to be a fine from the store. 4. Do I have to pay this fine? 5. And how much would be the estimate of my court fine for a misdemeanor petty theft be? I've never gone to court before, so I don't know what to expect. It was a VERY stupid thing that I have done and I am truly sorry. I have not been sleeping or eating good every since the situation happened. I don't want this misdemeanor to ruin my future especially with my possible career in fashion.