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Depending on the value of the item stolen, the crime can be a Class C Felony, fine between $1,000 to $10,000 down to a Simple misdemeanor - fine between $50 to $500.
Class C Felony - up to 10 years, down to simple misdemeanor - up to 30 days. Work release may be granted in misdemeanors, community service may be imposed for felonies.
In your case, you should be looking at a misdemeanor conviction, probation (no jail time), a small fine and community service. Also, the court will probably ban you from the store (if the business requests it).
You can ask for a public defender and he/she can try to negotiate a pre-trial diversion agreement with the prosecutor to keep this off of your record.
so how are we to plead then?