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A criminal conviction for a fraud offense could cause your licensing authority to suspend you. The citation you received has the force and effect of an arrest. You weren't taken into custody, but it will appear as an arrest on your criminal history.
To protect your license, you should have a lawyer with you on your court date. If he gets on this soon and this is a first offense, he may be able to negotiate a reduction or a dismissal with the DA. Whether he succeeds will depend upon the DA assigned to the case as well as the facts and circumstances of the case. But even if he cannot do that, on a first arrest, you would qualify for one of California's diversion programs.
Diversion involves a brief period of probation, during which you would perform some community service, take anti-shoplifting classes, pay some fines and stay out of further difficulty with the law during the probation period. Once you complete all of that the judge dismisses the charge against you so that you do not have to carry a conviction on your record.
If you do not know where to find a California criminal lawyer, try the California Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service. For a fee of around $50, they will refer you to a lawyer who can take on your case, and they throw in a free half hour consultation with the lawyer.