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There is unfortunately no law that prevents him from lying about whether he's going to call the police. The law actually would have allowed him to hold you against your will until police arrived.
You'll receive a notice to appear in the mail with a hearing date. At the hearing, if you cannot afford a lawyer, the judge will appoint one for you. Usually, if you do not have a criminal record, your lawyer will be able to negotiate a deal where you repay the store owner, do some community service, and pay a fine, and the charges will be dismissed. This is called "pretrial diversion" and it's very common in first time shoplifting cases. That is usually the best case scenario, unless they don't have evidence to support the charges. You have a right to request copies of all the evidence before accepting a deal.
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