theft from departmentn store

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Country: United States of America
State: Kansas

I got caught stealing from a department store and upon further question by the police the found stolen goods from one other store in the mall also... they wrote me 2 tickets for theft. I have only been in trouble one other time when I was 17 for an mice or map? I had a diversion on that. What do I do in my best interest and what can happen to me. I have a good job that I do not want to run the risk of loosing by being put in jail. What is my best bet?

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Make sure you get counsel (or at least the public defender) to try to keep this off your record eventually--jail time is probably not likely if your record is basically clear now. But having that arrest and or a conviction on your record will make job-hunting etc. more difficult. Often this could be negotiated down to some kind of court supervision etc.