What can we do to help her/us prepare for this hearing, and can it be avoided due to her being searched and questioned by the store's security without us present? She admitted to the theft at that time. Several stores were involved though only one may be pressing charges; we do not know. We think the value of stolen property is less than $100. This is a first time offense. Also, how will it affect her future relative to getting a job and going to college? Do we need legal representation. Her 'reason' for doing this was she felt we did not have enough money for her to be able to buy things. She is absolutely devastated over this, as are we.