Yes, your son could still get in trouble. But it comes down to whether the DA believes her, and not your son. Your son should not discuss this issue with anyone accept an attorney. If he is contacted by anyone, he should direct them to contact his attorney.
Suing the government is a painstaking and expensive process. Government employees are given great deference in their duties, meaning that they are allowed to make mistakes without being sued. So you would need to prove that their actions were beyond that level of deference. Here, there was information linking you to the suspect, and that may be excuseable.
If you have a doctor's reccomendation the ticket will be dismissed. Alternatively, your $500 ticket is just an infraction, although with the high fee it's arguable, so there is not reduction below an infraction. Please contact me for a free consultation if you would like to discuss your options further.
The State Board of Equalization has probably sent you a return. If not you should contact them at 800-400-7115. If you have received the return, you have thirty days to dispute liability or pay the debt.
Extreme hardship might not be your best defense, but perhaps they will negotiate the amount owed.
Your attorney can definately handle the debtor's exam. But when you are collecting on a small debt, you can use the court's self-help page located at:
If you have any other questions your attorney or any attorney with collection experience can provide guidance.
The worse thing that could happen is that he could go to jail for battery or even a worse crime depending on the circumstances. If he is innocent, he will need to hire a attorney that can pursue his interests. If the polcie arrested him they likely have some case against him. You need to prepare for his defense by hiring a attorney. Likely there will be a good defense if he did not do it. So contact an attorney soon so that he can get this handled faster adn before the evidence against him...
Hearsay is an out of court statement offered for the truth of the matter asserted. The label is not hearsay because it's not being offered to prove that the shirt cost $19.95. I also don't think that it will be offered to prove it's a GAP sweater, their offering it to prove it was stolen.
You may be able to object based on that the picture is not the best evidence and the actual label should be produced. You could also have a chain of custody problem where the security guard will not know...