You need an attorney ASAP. Often times everyone with the person shoplifting gets arrested. You have some good defenses available to you so don't try to do this yourself. You could have been charged with a second offense by mistake or there could be someone with the same name they're mixing you up with. Get an attorney.
Hire an attorney ASAP. You have defenses.
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When you get to court, they will probably not put it on as a second offense.
It can be dropped but there is no assurance they will be. You should contact a local criminal defense lawyer. Now.
That a person is innocent does not mean they won't be convicted, unfortunately.
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If you were with a person who stole something, it sometimes happens cops or security people believe you and he/she were "in it together." It's a little like guilt by association but it happens all the time. The only real way out is a trial at which the state will have to prove you and she were actually accomplices to the crime. You'll need a lawyer for this ma'am, and make sure you get a criminal defense laweyr for this one because what he/she has to do here is force the issue, which is not as simple as boiling water.