I was caught shoplifting and received a civil demand notice (which I plan on paying) and a court date next month. I plan on going to court (with no lawyer because I cannot afford one) and see what happens. It's my first offense and my first time in trouble with the law. What I did was dumb, so dumb and I know that what I did was wrong. Does anyone know what will happen? Will I go to jail or just pay a fee and maybe do community service?
+ What kind of community service do courts make you do?
+ How much would the fee be? (I stole around $30 worth of things.)
+ Do I need someone to represent me or can I represent myself? (I have read that more serious cases like murder/rape/abuse require lawyers and that my case wasn't too serious.)