What is the punishment for a first time offense of retail theft for someone under eighteen?
I was wrongly charged with a class D felony for retail theft by deception instead of being charged for a class A misdemeanor. The retailer double counted the dollar amount in cash I was given for a return and then counted the dollar amount for the items I also returned, that they claim was not their merchandise and was return theft.
If I gave them the amount of cash they gave me back for the return, I would have essentially bought the items again. They can't originally charge me with double the amount, even though if the fines could be doubled, I understand. What kind of trouble am I looking at and how can I get this charge lowered to the misdemeanor that it should have been and prove that the store added the erroneously stolen amount twice?
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