Hi, I have my first court date and I'm a bit worried about what's going to happen. Here's some history: I was first charged with Unauthorized Taking of Goods - Shoplifting, to the value of about $40. I was given a notice to appear, however, the officer let me know how I could go online and plead guilty under the regulatory. This was Oct 2015. I did that and had paid my fine + offenders levy. Because I'm an idiot, I tried my luck again in early March this year and due to the second offence, this is now upgraded to a Stealing Charge under the criminal code. Goods valued were $40. Both instances have been from a major supermarket. The only info I can get is a maximum penalty of 5 years, which is obviously a bit confronting. I have every intention on pleading guilty and facing whatever comes my way, as I made a dumb choice and need to face the consequences. What I'm wondering, is what's going to happen under Criminal Law? What sort of sentences am I looking at? I'm unable to get Legal Aid due to finances, and I haven't gotten a QP9 yet so Legal Aid Queensland won't talk to me. Any help is welcomed, thanks.