My jurisdiction is: New York Please excuse the length of my case; I’ve tried to condense it as much as I could. My case involves Petit Larceny for $315 that was stolen from a Fitness Center where I previously worked. I worked behind a front desk during opening hours for 4 hours a day at $10 an hour. My ex-boss also owns a small school as well. During my employment at the gym, I managed his computers both at the fitness center as well as the small school with no additional compensation. In addition, I designed 2 web sites and hosted them without receiving any payments besides a $100 deposit. My ex-boss is a very intimidating and manipulating person. I knew if I confronted him on compensating me properly, he was going to terminate my employment out of spite. It was clear that I was never going to receive payment for my countless hours of hard-work. I was taking advantage for my computer knowledge and as retaliation I sought to recover (at least) a portion of the funds owed to me by stealing $315. I was fired for theft later on that evening. This past Thursday, 2 private investigators came to my residence to question me on this allegation. At first, I denied committing such a crime which resulted in the investigators severe intimidation. The officers said if I just come forth with the truth for such a petty crime that I would not get a criminal record and would simply have to pay a fine. Between my stress and nervousness, I ended up confessing to the theft and a written statement was taken from me. Now, I have a pending criminal court case in May with no legal representation. I have no criminal history and have never stolen before. In fact, this dishonest act would have never been committed if I was treated with some respect and properly compensated. But between the lack of pay and the bills piling up, I just felt trapped and desperate. I’m still trying to find a job (which would generally require a background check) and I’m worried about having a criminal record for such a pathetic crime. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place and desperately require advice. Do I need legal representation for this petty crime? What would be your best guess as to the sentencing for this case? Keeping in mind that a written statment pleading guilty was already taken, should I plead guilty or not guilty at the court hearing? Thank you in advance for your time.