I was caught shoplifting and the total added up to about $200. I'm only fourteen years old and live in California. They told me I had to go to court and would send a letter, how long would the letter take to be mailed home since the incident? They probably saw me on camera and this is my first incident. What do I plead in court? I've been researching about this and my best option would be either to plead guilty or no contest. Would they take it lighter if I plead guilty or no contest? What would be the cost of the fines for the amount I stole? How much will court cost? I read about deferred adjudication, how do I get that since it sounds like a better punishment option?