Hire an attorney. This is a serious offense and you need an attorney to review all your options. There is a diversion program for defendants like you, but I would never advise clients to accept it without a very thorough analysis of their respective cases.
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Not sure what your question is--you didn't ask one, but allow me to suggest you sit down with a criminal defense attorney IMMEDIATELY--and discuss your options.
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Shoplifting anything over $200 worth of merchandise is grand larceny, a felony. I would suggest you immediately contact and consult with a local criminal lawyer.
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