Yes, my violation section number is XXXXX
I actually have signed a paper with the court that I am going to speak for myself at the trial. They gave it to me at my bond hearing, the judge asked me if I was going to speak for myself and give up my right to an attorney, and I said yes. He had me sign the paper.
The value of the shoplifted items does not exceed $1000, so I'm looking at a misdemeanor charge.
Since I asked the question, I found out that SC amended the statute and increased the allowed fine to $1000, so I should brace myself for the worst.
I was told that they had extensive tapes of me in the store, and I don't doubt that they do.
I'm thinking that the best solution to the problem is to plead guilty and take the fine. I may have said things to the loss prevention guys that lead them to believe I was admitting to the offense. I think I even said something to the officer during my transport that acknowledged my guilt. I'm hoping that if I admit to it then the judge will go easier on me, although I don't think that's likely, do you?
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