Theft (Class B Misdemeanor) - Deferred Adjudication?
I am from Houston, Texas and while I was at an electronics store, I made a stupid and impulsive decision (had a rich background of these spurred on by my ADD) to shoplift a $549.00 Video Card (for a computer).
I was followed by a secret shopper throughout the store, I knew what he was doing and for some reason my logic didn't seem to kick in.
So I decided to steal this item and when I was leaving I was chased and tackled by an LP associate from the store. A few words were exchanged, for example, "I will shoot you in the head if you continue to struggle."
I was taken to the county jail and spent the night and most of the following day. I was released on a free PR Bond. I have read about deferred adjudication and was told that it is a bad deal but with the incredible amount of evidence on me (videos, statement, witnesses), I cannot plea not-guilty (or so I think)
1. Should I bring up what the Loss Prevention Associate did and said to me? Will this help me? Can I press charges for assault?
2. Should I plead no-contest or guilty? I heard no-contest protects me from any further civil litigation.
3. Typically, how expensive is it to have records sealed and is it possible to have a Class B misdemeanor expunged in the state of Texas?