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This was the case I spoke to you earlier about. My name is Afua. I have one previous caution for shoplifting in 2009 and a fine for shoplifting in 2010. When I was taken to the police this year for shoplifting again, I didn't use a duty solicitor and the police have charged me and I'm due in court to see the magistrate on Thursday. I really don't want to go to court and trying to see if the police can stop the case from going to court, if I went in to speak to a duty solicitor or if I went with a solicitor. I'm an engineer and afraid this silly lapse of judgement can cause me to lose my job or be unable to find work in the future. The goods were worth £130, the store recovered all. I've also received a letter from the store's solicitors asking me to pay £179. Going to court for more fines and a criminal record will just be too much for me to handle. Please advise.