What is the name of your state? Nevada
Hello. I'm an Alaskan citizen going to Reno, Nevada for college. Last night I was going to safeway to get some hair styling product and some candy. I'm pretty poor right now, it being the end of the semester, so on review I realized I couldnt afford the hair product. I live with three attractive girls though, so I was compelled to simply purchase the candy bar and leave the pomade in my pocket, wanting to look good. Well, that was really stupid, because as soon as I went through the line, purchased the candy, and walked for the door, I was apprehended by store security. I was given no option but to wait for two hours while the Reno police arrived. I was extremely cooperative with all involved parties, as this is my first time ever even commiting a crime, let alone in Nevada. I got a ticket with a court date. I was almost arrested because I have no official permanent address here. However, the officer said that because it was a $5 item, I could go.
I'm not sure if I can just pay a fine and avoid court, as I find this all highly embarrassing. However, I'm going to school to become a doctor, and I'm not sure how good larceny looks when applying to a med school, as well as when I apply to a hospital or clinic for a job.
I'm extremely worried that I've destroyed a huge part of my life just because of one stupid college student mistake.
Should I get a lawyer? Should I accept the charges (if so, guilty, or no contest?)? If I'm charged, will the fact that it was $5 change anything in court. It's a misdemeanor, but is there probation/jail time?
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I've got court in a month, but I'm scared as hell about the implications.