On November xx, 2009, I was arrested and charged of theft. I had gone to the store to pick up last-minute items and food for a party. Because I did not find a cart readily available, after I made my selections, I put a few of the smaller items in a tote that I had carried into the store and, in my haste, forgot to pay for them while paying for the other items I had in my arms. It was not until I was stopped at the door that I realized I had neglected to pay for the smaller items in my tote.
I explained the events to the DA and my attorney. The DA agreed to dismiss the charge completely upon my successful completion of a few terms, including performing community service. The charge has since been dismissed, and I am currently in the process of having the arrest and charge expunged. I accept responsibility for my careless action and am extremely sorry for my poor judgment. This painful experience has taught me that I must be more aware and more careful of my actions and how they represent me. I have also learned that the comission of any crime, even those that are unintentional, have very serious consequences that can put my dreams and aspirations as a future professional in jeopardy and can question my honesty and integrity. Thus, this mistake is and will remain an isolated incident.
I'm not sure how much more detail I should go into this. I thought about adding specific information about my work with underprivileged children as part of my community service, but I am still working on adding that in more fluidly. I am truly remorseful for having shoplifted, but since it was completely unintentional, I'm not sure how to address it any further than this.
Thank you for any helpful input.