Im freaking out right now, i was just charged today with shoplifting and out of fear i provided a false name to the police. When i realised they were going to hold me for 24 hours as they couldn't confirm my identity, i gave them my real name. The amount was around $100-150. This is my first offence, and i am 18 years old. I deeply regret what i did and i accept that i will have to pay a fine and/or do community service, however i REALLY do not want this to be on my record forever. I am a university student who wants to pursue a career in scientific research and i'll probably fall into a depression if this prevents me from being hired for a career. Is there anyway i can get this sealed off my record or expunged? I haven't hired a lawyer or anything, and probably can not afford a private one, so what are the chances of having this permanently on my record forever with a public defender?