It depends on which court your case is being prosecuted in. If you hire a criminal defense attorney who practices in the city or county where this occurred, your attorney can probably negotiate a plea bargain deal with the prosecutor to keep you from having a shoplifting conviction on your record. It might involve getting it reduced to a lesser offense, such as "Littering" plus a fine. Or it might involve an SIS (suspended imposition of sentence) with probation, completion of a theft offenders class, and possibly some community service. The outcome depends on the court, your attorney's skill and experience, your criminal record, and the details of your case.
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Depends on the court. Kansas City Missouri Municipal does have such a program for minor offenses, but it is up to the prosecutor whether or not to offer it. The KCMO PA's won't negotiate with unrepresented people, so if this person hasn't already, they should retain an attorney ASAP.
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