Are there any advantages in going to court for shoplifting, rather than just paying the fine?


It was a citation, MN Statute 609.52.2(1), which is listed as a misdemeanor.


The worst thing to do would be to plead guilty. A theft conviction will follow you for the rest of your life. It will be more difficult to obtain employment and something you would always have to explain during interviews.

A lawyer can evaluate your case and advise you of the best course of action in your particular circumstances.