Plead not guilty and retain a criminal defense attorney who will attempt to resolve the case without a theft conviction.
You need to hire a criminal defense attorney in your area ASAP to defend you. There may be options to avoid a theft conviction. Could it affect your employment, yes.
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If this is a first offense it will be a summary offense. Nonetheless, you should plead not guilty and hire an attorney to represent you. you do not want a theft conviction on your record. It will seriously hamper your ability to be employed.
The simple answer is yes. Your job could be in jeopardy, though just how much discretion your employer has to fire you depends on the terms of your employment (for example - whether you are an "at will" employee or a collective bargaining employee). Your job may be in particular danger if the pending charge results in a conviction for a theft offense. Many employers look at theft convictions in a particularly negative light and can be reluctant to keep someone on the payroll who has a criminal history for theft. You need to hire a local defense attorney immediately. Your attorney should be able to help you explore whether you have options to resolve the case without a conviction.
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