My daughter was arrested with a friend for shoplifting. She had a $20 pair of shorts (on sale for $9.99) in her bag but her friend had much more. The citation list PC 488, misdemeanor, we latter received a correction and the new violation is PC 484(a). She has a court date in June, knows what she did was wrong and is ready to take resposibility for her poor choice in actions. She has never been in trouble, I do not want this to haunt her and be on her record. Should we hire an attorney or let her go to court and hope for the best?
Also, we received a letter from the stores attorney stating the value of merchandise was $43.99... the same amount listed on her friends letter. Is the amount of the damages they can collect based on the value of goods?