I am not a PA attorney, but I have some thoughts for you. The store wants money to help offset their security department's costs. You must be certain that nothing you do constitutes a legal admission under PA law that your daughter committed the theft. If she were an adult, I would positively advise you that paying this fee could be deemed an admission of guilt. I do not know whether a parent's doing so could be construed as an admission under PA law that could facilitate a prosecution. My advice is to find a local lawyer who does a lot of shoplifting cases and just book an office appointment with him, For a 30-60 minute office conference, he can look over any forms or papers they sent you to sign and can probably answer all your questions. Even if he charges, and many attorneys do not charge for an initial consultation, it would be worth the peace of mind.