Every person who asks a question should always be critical of any answer they are given. Always do your own follow-up research to ensure the person knows what they are talking about and that they understand both the letter and merit of the law.
I will never be offended if someone challenges anything I have said. It is always best to get as many eyes on a subject. Many times a particular jurisdiction may have nuances that are not applicable even in the same state.
My state has several unique laws around shoplifting. In my state; if you shoplifting from the same store 3 times within a 7 day period it is automatically a felony that the DA nor the judge can overrule. However, you can exceed the felony limit on 1 occasion and the judge has the power to make it a misdemeanor.
It can get even more nuanced when you argue theft vs shoplifting. It is different in my state. The theft threshold for misdemeanor is higher than for shoplifting.
Then you have additional laws based on which offense it is; second, third, and fourth. And they are again different based on if you are arrested vs convicted.