My 17 year-old son is currently on informal probation due to a knife that was found in the glove compartment of his car on school grounds. He recently got arrested for stealing a $3 bottle of beer which was done on a dare by his peers. What will happend to his informal probation and because he does have a record how will this petty theft be handled? Can this be settled out of court? It is somewhat unfair, as he was not aware that the knife was even in his glove compartment (a friend put it in there and never removed it and wrote a letter attesting to it). He is following thru on informal probation orders, i.e. community service, classes, 8 p.m. curfew. Can we somehow not go to court and settle out of court? He was not yet served informal probation when this happened.Also, when he was caught shoplifting he was thrown to the ground and his face was all cut up. He did go to the store manager the next day to apologize and the store manager wrote a nice letter for him so that his consequences may not be as severe.