What is likely to happen if I was caught shoplifting at a major retail store for a minor amount?

UPDATED: Feb 13, 2012

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What is likely to happen if I was caught shoplifting at a major retail store for a minor amount?

I was caught shoplifting less than $100 worth of goods from a retail store. My boyfriend was with me and was considered an accomplice but got off with a small fine (I think). I am awaiting my second court date and am stressing what may happen to me. Will I go to jail?

Asked on February 13, 2012 under Criminal Law, Indiana


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Since you have been charged with shoplifting which is a misdemeanor, I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney if you have not already. As to the likely outcome, assuming that this is your first offense, most likely the court will fine you, place you on court probation, order you to do community service work and if successful, the charge against you may then be dismissed.

From what you have written, jail does not seem likely, but then again, the judge makes the final decision.

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