Okay, now I understand what you were telling me.
You were called in about this crime. The prosecutor told you that you did not have to answer questions. You chose to and admitted what you'd done.
This is never a great idea. Because now, when you ask, "What is your defense?" your confession takes away most possible defenses. However there still may be something for the defense to work with. It's just not anything I can talk about because it's going to depend entirely about the facts and circumstances behind the case, none of which I will get to know.
What you need to do is to come to court with a lawyer, because the DA now has the upper hand when it comes to this matter because of your statements. It will take a professional to protect your rights and maximize damage control. If you can afford one have him with you on your first date.
If you cannot afford an attorney, you need to plead not guilty when you come before the judge and then you ask him to appoint you a public defender. Our system of law says every criminal defendant is innocent until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. So you MUST start off by pleading not guilty because anything else, (as you're beginning to see) closes doors for you. Only a not guilty plea keeps all of your rights open.
And that's all you have to tell the judge. If you're with a lawyer, your lawyer will handle the rest. If you're not, once you ask for the public defender he will grant a continuance and your lawyer will take it up on the next date.
Trials are not instantaneous. They can take months, a year even, to get to that point. You are probably never going to go to trial on this case, because you know that they could probably prove you guilty, since you know that you were, in fact guilty.
But pleading Not Guilty at your arraignment keeps your rights open and allows your lawyer to work out a plea agreement
. Generally, with a non-violent
offense and a first arrest besides, you are not going to have to worry about a jail sentence on a plea of guilty, but this has to be worked out in advance before you take back your plea of not guilty and substitute a guilty plea. Probably you are looking at nothing worse than probation, and it's possible that you can do better than that. It will all depend upon the facts and circumstances that will start to unfold on your first court date.