What will happen to me for a theft of under $500? Posted on May 25, 2011

I was caught stealing an item from Target that valued at $25. I was not arrested but was given a citation on site. They later gave me another citation of apparently being part of another theft which valued around 300$. The police said they have a witness. The two cases have been merged into one most likely to free up the court, rather than help. I am trying for a judicial diversion, since this is my first offense. However, I am having money problems. I am very curious as to what the total costs might be. I would also like to know how long I would have to pay it. Will I have to pay it right after trial? Is it due at the end of my probation? Please answer my question, because I fear these fines are gonna be a huge factor on whether or not I violate and get put in prison.

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