My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to provide general information regarding your issue. First, I am sorry to hear of the situation you are currently in.
To answer your general questions, let me begin with whether or not the prior arrest will be seen by the prosecutor at Court. The answer is yes. Regardless of the outcome of the arrest and charge (i.e., deferred prosecution or an actual conviction, as it appears in your case), prosecutors will be able to see the and know about the prior arrest and conviction of any other retail theft charges.
As to whether or not they will ask you about the prior offense, they will not. This is because they will already know about it as mentioned above. Also, your prior offenses will not play a role unless and until you are found guilty of the current offense (so towards the end of a case).
Because this involved goods under $129, it is a Disorderly Persons Offense, which means it is punishable by up to 6 months in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if found guilty. However, just because it is punishable by jail time does not necessarily mean jail time will be given. Because there is so much on the line, it is always wise to retain an attorney to defend your case and/or try to make any arrangements for you to avoid serving any jail time.
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