That depends on the police and prosecutor in your area. You should have been given a ticket by the police informing you of your court date. If not, you should receive a summons in the mail. If this is your first offense, it will probably only be a municipal court ticket. Depending on your age and criminal history, shoplifting is generally an easy charge to keep off your record. However, I do not know what the practice is like in Salem. Contact a criminal defense attorney in your area.
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