I respectfully suggest that now is not the time to be penny wise and pound foolish. Certainly, everyone can appreciate an individual's desire to "man up" and accept personal responsibility. However, a conviction for retail theft can and will have far-reaching consequences that far exceed the few dollars that you will spend discussing your situation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Most will provide a brief initial consultation for a nominal or no fee.
Lawyers charge varying rates, but a conviction can have severe consequences including, but not limited to obtaining employment - I suggest consulting with a criminal defense attorney to determine your best option.
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You need to speak with an attorney and explain the evidence the Commonwealth has against you to best decide with your course of action. Attorneys bill different rates, but I can guarantee that you would have to pay a fine in addition to your legal fees if you are convicted.