Bail is set to ensure that someone is going to appear at trial. It also is set based on the seriousness of a crime and/or whether the court feels this defendant is a risk to public safety. A shoplifting charge of this nature is a misdemeanor, and while it does carry a penalty including jail time, it is not usually one that the sole basis would be a bail. Again, you will need to show that you have ties to the community, a job, family - etc. Bail can be set at any amount a judge deems to be reasonable and cannot be excessive by law.
If you feel that your lawyer is charging too much - I suggest you contact the DA and work out a plea agreement. This will cut down on court appearances. However, it will leave you with a conviction that you are concerned with eviction because of. Of course, the only way your LL is going to find out is if they do a background check and since you already live there I do not have a reason to think they would do an "update" on you - unless this is a HUD rental and then you would have some concerns.
Also, you can terminate your attorney, if you do not feel comfortable with this one.
I suggest your attorney is giving you accurate legal advice and that you would be wise to follow it. I further suggest that he is correct on his assessment of the bail situation as I have explained how the bail is determined in my previous post. I can sense your angst over this matter - I suggest you try to relax and leave the matter to your attorney - that is why you hired him/her. If you are found not guilty, then you can have it sealed.
Best to you,
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