My query involves criminal law for the state of: North Carolina
I am not here to be told what I did was stupid and wrong. I currently understand that.
I am 19 years old and a pal and I had been caught shoplifting from a Walmart yesterday. The loss prevention person stopped me and they took me and my pal into the region. We emptied our bags of the merchandise ($162 for me) and were told we had been caught on tape as well. The police had been known as earlier for a fight so we have been cited there with misdemeanor larceny and told to appear in court on June 18th.
I want to know how I need to proceed from correct here. This is my fairly initial offense and the only time I've ever carried out something this stupid. I cannot afford a private lawyer and several threads have stated that to get a PD I require to plead not guilty, but provided that I certainly was caught red-handed I really feel like carrying out that would only hurt me.
I'd like to go for a deferred prosecution and hopefully just get neighborhood service and some fines but I have no notion how to go about this. Any ideas??
Would a plea of "no contest" be the ideal route?