Any lawyer, much less a good lawyer, should be able to get you into a Pretrial Diversion/Teen Court program that would result in dismissal of the case; which is the best way for you to resolve a case with this fact pattern.
Attorney Hornsby is right. You already are doing the right thing by hiring an attorney. Your own attorney with all the facts can help you much better than any of us without all the facts. Good Luck!
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Hire a lawyer and set the case for trial. The state is rarely able to proceed on these shoplifting cases. Most get dismissed on the day of trial. Once dismissed, you can expunge your record.