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    Default Retail Theft Charge, Will I Be Looking at Jail Time

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Pennsylvania

    Hi, I'm from Philadelphia, PA. Two days ago I got arrested and charged with retail theft for shoplifting from Target. The amount of merchandise that I shoplifted was 2 things that were valued $149.99, around $350 total with taxes, give or take. I was held for 18 hours and was given R&R. My court date is next Thursday. I was given a court appointed lawyer. I was wondering will I be doing any jail time? This is my first offense in about 6 years. I got arrested for fraud 6 years ago,(my only other time being arrested) paid fines and was on probation. I'm not sure if it is still on my record because I was given a new DC number when I was processed for retail theft. Any information you can give me will be more than helpful right now. Thank you.

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    Default Re: Retail Theft Charge, Will I Be Looking at Jail Time

    Ouch....hopefully you reported your arrest to your PO. While this one is a misdemeanor and you might escape with fine/probation/costs (ARD with your history is right out), there is a little discretion here that may put you in jail. You also may see jail based on the violation of your probation. You should make sure that your lawyer knows that you are on probation for the prior felony.

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