If you’ve been charged with retail theft at a retailer, there are a few things to keep in mind. Many people make the one time mistake of taking something from a store in a momentary lapse of judgement. While the charge might not be serious, having a conviction on your record can follow you around for the rest of your life. This could result in not being hired at a similar type business or even not being considered for other jobs. As your court day approaches, remember a few key things. Many times a retailer will not show up to court to testify against you. If that is the case, your charge could be thrown out. However, it’s important to have a Criminal Lawyer convince the prosecutor or argue this before the judge. If the retailer does come to court, the most important thing is to try and negotiate with the prosecution for the Theft Deterrent Program(also known as Theft School). Completion of this program will result in charges being dismissed. After this happens, you will want to have your record expunged. This will ensure that the charge will not come up on future job applications.