I got caught shoplifting at the university bookstore today. I know it was a stupid thing to do but i was desperate. I needed that book so i can do my homework, which was due the next day. My dad usually pays for my books but he said he will pay next week but that is too long of a wait. I needed that book today so i shoplifted because i was desperate.
Anyways, the security said this will go on my record and i would have to pay a fine and most likely go to court but they weren't very clear. The stuff i stole was worth 64 dollars. I am 19 years old and I have clean record. And the security said there is a possibility this will get off my record. They also made me write a police statement. What is a police statement and will the university bookstore press charges against me? What is the best thing to do? Is it necessary to hire a lawyer? Please help me.