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What do you mean "removed?" And $500 shoplifting is not a felony, so there's probably more to it.
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As was stated in another answer, theft of property valued at $500.00 does not normally constitute a felony. I speculate that the charge is enhanced because of a prior conviction. Most public defenders are hard working and do a good job. However, if you are able to employ a criminal defense lawyer of your own choosing you ate likely to be more satisfied. It is very important that you keep a felony conviction off of your record. It can ruin your future! Even a misdemeanor theft conviction will damage your future .Hire a good lawyer and follow his or her advice. Even if you have to borrow the money or sell something. It will be worth it.
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