Hello no62g8qo and welcome to JustAnswer.
Your situation is exactly the reason that anyone suspected of a crime should never speak with police officers. Got a simple misdemeanor bumped up to a felony. That said, if you have no record, it is quite likely that the DA will actually file this as a misdemeanor petty theft/shoplifting
(Penal Code sectrion 484).
If so, you should be eligible for misdemeanor diversion under Penal Code section 1001-1001.9. If you take diversion and finish the program, the charge is dismissed and you can say that you were never convicted. When you go to arraignment
, ask the DA or the court about diversion and if they say okay, you can probably finish this without a lawyer.
If you let me know what county and specific court your case is in, I can probably give you more specific information about diversion there.
Thanks for asking your question here on JustAnswer. If you have any other questions about this situation, please let me know.