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I'll try and help. I'm assuming this was under $300 and as such is a class A misdemeanor. In addition to criminal penalties, an adult shoplifter may be held liable in a civil lawsuit for the retail value of the stolen merchandise, damages between $100 and $1,000, attorney fees, and court costs.
That said, for many nonviolent crimes, such as theft, pretrial diversion is an option. To qualify for diversion, you must be willing to admit your guilt and offer a guilty plea, which the court will hold without a final judgment while you participate in a program similar to probation for a period of time. Requirements may include making restitution to the victim, attending an educational program and performing community service. If you successfully complete the program, the court will dismiss the charge against you and expunge the record of your arrest. This means that you will never be convicted of any crime, and even the record of your arrest will no longer be available to the public.
It is impossible to know the facts of your case here, but if you feel the case against you is strong, I would looking into diversion as with a little effort it will allow you to ultimately clear your name/record. Do not plead guilty before you explore these options as they differ from court to court.
I hope this helps.
In a diversion plea, you plead guilty and then essentially go on probation with conditions. No jail. If you follow all those conditions and have no more incidents, then at the end of the term, the court dismisses your case.
You can probably do this in court if you talk with the prosecutor. There is likely a program in place.