Law-man here. Bonglaw though so I'll have to be basic.
>Does anyone have any advice for me?
1. Stop committing crime.
2. You should be able to find a free legal advice service within your state jurisdiction by google searching "free legal advice charity [state]". The charity part is important as you will want a non-profit rather than some shady firm looking to pull your pants down. If you are in any doubt over an organisations legitimacy then post a link here.
It is STRONGLY
recommended that you contact one before you do anything else. I cannot stress this enough. I am not in any position to advise you on American law beyond the fundamentals nor are out-of-state Americans.
3. >I don't know if this is worth getting a lawyer for.
See what legal advice tell you but, no. We're on mitigation here and it is relatively simple as you’re begging for mercy.
- You've already confessed early to act and intent and at this stage that is good. Ensure that you clearly admit that what you did was wrong while wearing a shirt and tie having arrived early to court and in formal English. Show remorse, tell them you’re really sorry and didn't know what to do or who to turn to about getting the items for work so you panicked (you panicked, made a wrong choice and it escalated in your panic. It is inexcusable to steal.)
- Are there any other factors to your actions? We already have that you bought the items out of desperate need for the new job and that is good. Very good. Obviously you were planning to go in and pay for them at a later date but did anything else spur this on like rushing between calls...
4. Look, your desperate and by the sounds of things you need this job so let’s do a long-shot. Write out a (that’s ONE. 1.) letter of apology both to the store manager and the police. DO NOT PHYSICALLY APPROACH EITHER LOCATION. Show remorse, explain your situation and beg them to not have this go to court, offer restitution and promise to never, ever go near the shop again or even think about shoplifting.
Before you post this letter speak to legal advice but to emphasize:
-You’re sending one
letter and not physically approaching as you’re not harassing or threatening anyone. Be very careful on this. Normally this is done through an intermediary i.e. lawyer but your even mother sending a letter with yours enclosed and her asking if they will read it will do.>>7877
What the fuck were you robbing, champagne? Obviously you didn't realise the price-tag on some of this stuff did you, Mr Big-Spender.>>7891
>This is the worst possible advice. NEVER plead guilty.
This is solid advice. Too late now of course but "I was going to pay for it" or "I forgot I had it" is bulletproof on shoplifting and is the first thing you learn in Criminal Law.