Hello again and thank you for your reply. Although the punishment allowable for petit theft
is a fine of $10 to $500 and jail time of up to 6 months, it is highly unlikely that you would get any jail time unless you have any prior convictions. From what you say, you do not. That means the court, at worst would fine you and maybe make you do some community service. That said, I would highly recommend that you either hire a criminal
defense attorney to represent you or ask the court to appoint a public defender for you if you cannot afford one. That is because this is a criminal charge as a misdemeanor
and it could affect your future job prospects and also because there is a chance that your attorney could either get the charge dismissed, if there is a problem with the State's evidence, or at maybe get you approved for pretrial diversion. If you get pretrial diversion and stay out of trouble for a certain period, usually a year, the court will dismiss the charge against you and then you wouldn't even have a conviction.
So, you should have an attorney who can help you through this.
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.