Why was I charged with petty theft ?
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You were charged with theft because you went past the checkout without paying for merchandise. You say it was a mistake, but they apparently didn't believe you.
If you actually received a notice to appear in court, you could be found in violation of probation in addition to any jail time for the new arrest. If you can't afford to hire your own lawyer, the judge will appoint one from the Public Defender's Office.
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