I am a minor. This is going to be my second time getting charged with shoplifting. i Don't know what to expect and what to do.
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Since you are 16, you should be in juvenile court which is better than being charged as an adult. However, because this is your second offence, if you are found delinquent, you will likely face more serious consequences at your disposition (sentencing), which could include detention time or deferred detention time, and possibly intensive probation. You should speak to an attorney to help you.
Your punishment will definitely increase, and you could very well get some time in jail. You should be able to have an attorney appointed for you. And I know it goes without saying, but quit stealing. The next offense will be charged as a felony in Arizona.
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Yes, you will face significantly more punishment. When you go to court, request the services of a public defender, who may not be 100% free, but who may be quite a bit lower in expense than a private attorney. If I were you, I would sign up online for a shoplifting prevention course and complete it and bring the certificate of completion to court. There are excellent online courses at Tom Wilson Counseling and the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention. Good luck.