You need to hire a criminal defense attorney who practices in the city or county where this occurred. Your attorney can probably negotiate a plea bargain deal to keep the shoplifting charge off your record. Depending on which court this is in, your criminal history, and the details of your case, it's very likely that your charge could be amended to "Littering." You will have to pay a fine and court costs, and you might also have to attend a theft offenders class.
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Hire an attorney and stop writing about this. If you cannot afford a private attorney, apply for a public defender attorney.
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While I do appreciate your story and feel for the lack of "fairness" from KMart, their breach of promise is no defense to stealing. Stop writing about the case on this website (because you just confessed) and hire an attorney. If you are a first time offender they can probably get you a deal with no jail time and keep the conviction off of your record. Make sure you tell the attorney you hire that your main concern is keeping your record clean.
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