An MIP does't have a potential jail sentence. If you committed the MIP while out on bond for the retail fraud that would most likely be a bond violation and the judge in the retail fraud case could revoke your bond because of that. If you don't have representation for these cases, you need to. Look for a lawyer that primarily practices criminal defense. One that is familiar with your particular judge and court is a bonus.
You should consider hiring an attorney in the area where your court is located, or ask for court appointed counsel if you cannot afford one. This way you can get direct advice based on the facts in your case.
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