If this shoplifting case is your very first arrest, you may be able to come out of this matter without having to carry around a conviction on your record. To do the most effective kind of damage control, you should retain a local criminal lawyer as soon as possible. He would be able to negotiate with the prosecutor and try to get him to reduce this to a civil offense. You could then pay a fine and you would not have a criminal conviction which could compromise your career.
Alternatively, the prosecutor can offer you a diversion-type of disposition. That's a special form of supervision where you pay fines, do some community service and stay out of further trouble during the supervisory period. If you complete everything successfully, your charges would be dismissed and you could avoid a criminal conviction.
You would be eligible for something like the above if you wanted to resolve the case without going to trial, but getting the disposition may have to be negotiated for you. So if you can afford a lawyer, have him with you on your next court date. Otherwise, if you are too poor to retain counsel, ask the judge to appoint you a free lawyer, and he'll take the matter from there.
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